Law on the Last Frontier

Law on the Last Frontier

Texas Ranger Arthur Hill

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In a career forged in the saddle on scout duty along the Rio Grande, Arthur Hill witnessed dramatic changes from 1947 to 1974. Whether inspecting brands, deterring smugglers of everything from cattle to candelilla wax, or giving chase on horseback across merciless terrain?often into Mexico?Hill found himself immersed in a world that straddled centuries as well as cultures. Promotion to sergeant of Ranger Company B in 1957 took Hill to Dallas, where he brought his brush-country methods to bear on urban crimes. Yet after only a year, and despite the opportunity for advancement to captain, Hill knew his place and heart were back in the Big Bend, where rampant drug trade was altering his beloved border irrevocably from an existence that had remained the same for hundreds of years. From the Lone Star Steel strike, the KKK, and the ?Dixie Mafia” to problems of drug-running and illegal immigration, Arthur Hill’s life as a Texas ranger illuminates present issues as well as the past. I hope to give the reader the chance to ride through the Big Bend with Hill, and hear of the Texas that was and the Texas that emerged on his watch. ? S. E. Spinks

In a career forged in the saddle on scout duty along the Rio Grande, Arthur Hill witnessed dramatic changes from 1947 to 1974. Whether inspecting brands, deterring smugglers of everything from cattle to candelilla wax, or giving chase on horseback across merciless terrain?often into Mexico?Hill found himself immersed in a world that straddled centuries as well as cultures. Promotion to sergeant of Ranger Company B in 1957 took Hill to Dallas, where he brought his brush-country methods to bear on urban crimes. Yet after only a year, and despite the opportunity for advancement to captain, Hill knew his place and heart were back in the Big Bend, where rampant drug trade was altering his beloved border irrevocably from an existence that had remained the same for hundreds of years. From the Lone Star Steel strike, the KKK, and the ?Dixie Mafia” to problems of drug-running and illegal immigration, Arthur Hill’s life as a Texas ranger illuminates present issues as well as the past.


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Spinks (an active member of the Former Texas Rangers Association) profiles the career of Texas Ranger Arthur Hill, her grandfather-in-law, who served from 1947 until he reached mandatory retirement age in 1974. Hill spent the earliest part of his career in Dallas dealing with organized crime and labor strife, but within a year transferred to the border regions of West Texas, where he would spend the remainder of his career dealing with smugglers, stock theft, and other issues typical of the region. While concentrating on Hill's life and career, Spinks also intends to illuminate through his experiences the trials, methods, and services of the Texas Rangers in his era and area. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Lubbock : Texas Tech University Press c2007
ISBN: 9780896726192
0896726193
Branch Call Number: 363.2092 Sp468L 2007
Characteristics: xx, 265 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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Texan, Arthur Hill was a Garrison Ranger, serving under Colonel Homer Garrison, who shaped his troops into an elite crime-fighting unit. Hill’s territory covered the rugged Big Bend Country of West Texas. Working from personal records and interviews, the author vividly re-creates the excitement a... Read More »


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