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I. The Tradition Established: Jack Hays and Walker Creek 2. The Tradition Evolves: Indians 3. The Tradition Evolves: Mexicans 4. The Tradition Nationalized: War with Mexico 5. "Give Us Rangers in Texas" 6. Last Days of the Old Lion: Mexicans and Indians 7. Chaos in Frontier Defense, I86I-I874 8. Institutionalizing the Rangers, I874 9. McNelly and Hall: Border Adventures IO. The Adventures of Major Jones II. The El Paso Salt War I2. "That Far Wild Country": The Trans-Pecos and the Panhandle I3. The King Era: I88I-I89I I4. The Four Captains I5. End of an Era I6. A Summing Up Abbreviations Notes Sources Index MAPS Texas in I9oo The Indian Frontier of the Republic of Texas, I836-I845 The Mexican Frontier of the Republic of Texas, I836-I845 Taylor's Operations in Northern Mexico, I846-I847 Battle of Monterey, September 20-24, I846 Theater of Hays's Antiguerrilla Operations, i847-I848 The Military Frontier in the I85os The Cortina Troubles, I859-I860 West Texas in I889 The Texas Panhandle in the I89os South Texas in I887 Illustrations follow pages II4 and 242.