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Texas Rangers to restore order in Thurber

The Texas Rangers will be riding into Thurber, Texas, on May 16 to lay down the law to the once bustling ghost town. Beginning at 2:30 p.m., Tarleton State University's W.K. Gordon Center in Thurber will host a free presentation and book signing with author Mike Cox.

Cox has written 15 works of non-fiction, including several on the Texas Rangers, two collections of vintage photographs, a study of Texas disasters as well as numerous magazine articles and essays will speak on the fascinating history of the Texas Ranger lawmen.

The Texas Rangers' origins can be found as far back as the state's colonization and were given the task of retaining order and applying discipline.

Cox spent more than 15 years as the chief of media relations and public information officer for the Texas Department of Transportation. This gave him the opportunity to comb through immense archives of material on the famous lawmen, including the number of times that they were called to action to uphold the peace in Thurber.

Since 2000, Cox has written a syndicated weekly newspaper column called "Texas Tales" on interesting, little-known incidents in Texas history. In 1982 he began writing "Texana," a Texas book review column for the Austin American-Statesman.

He has written articles for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Texas Press Association, Texas Highways, Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, and Texas Sportsman. In addition, he has written articles and monographs for a wide variety of Texas historical associations, museums and non-profit organizations. Several of his works are available in the Gordon Center's gift shop for purchase.

The Gordon Center, a museum and research facility, is located at exit 367 on Interstate 20 midway between Fort Worth and Abilene. Hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, call (254) 968-1886.