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Taming the Nueces Strip: The Story of McNelly's Rangers

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  51 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Only an extraordinary Texas Ranger could have cleaned up bandit-plagued Southwest Texas, between the Nueces River and the Rio Grande, in the years following the Civil War. Thousands of raiders on horseback, some of them Anglo-Americans, regularly crossed the river from Mexico to pillage, murder, and rape. Their main objective? To steal cattle, which they herded back across ...more
Paperback, 204 pages
Published January 1st 1982 by University of Texas Press (first published 1962)
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Joel Ortiz-Quintanilla
Sep 29, 2012 Joel Ortiz-Quintanilla rated it it was amazing
this was a good informative book about one of the texas rangers who was still living in south texas when this other author went and found him down near King Ranch. its the story of Mcnellys rangers who came to bring law to this region of texas between the nueces and rio grande, back in the day, the 1870 it was a land that only outlaws lived in because the us didnt really care and mexico was still just so close, but this area was really part of mexico and it was part of tamaulipas mexico till the ...more
Bradley Ford
Jun 29, 2016 Bradley Ford rated it it was amazing
This book was fascinating! It is essentially an oral history of a trooper who rode with Captain Leander McNelly's Texas Rangers in 1875-1876. During that time South Texas was a lawless frontier with raiders from Mexico stealing cattle and horses from nearby ranches with very little intervention of the law. George Durham tells of the Rangers attempt to change that. Well written with plenty of folksy color Durham's account is fast-passed and easily read.

It is Texiana at its best, and an interesti
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Kim
Nov 27, 2012 Kim rated it did not like it
I am not sure if the book itself is the reason why I didn't enjoy it, or if it is because my whole notion of what Texas Rangers did was totally destroyed.
I like the notion of what the author Larry McMurtry had written as the life of the rangers and there was only one incident of the Texas Rangers doing anything remotely similar in this book.
Ranger McNelly himself didn't seem to do much work at all, and this book makes him and the rangers seem more like renegades. Very disapponted.
Barb Gant
Mar 15, 2009 Barb Gant rated it it was amazing
Once you have read this book you will understand the great Texas Ranger Captain L.M. McNelly and what his troop dealt with in the Nueces Strip - the area between the Rio Grande and the Nueces River in South West Texas. Mexican banditos, Indians, and outlaws. The way the early ranger troops armed themselves and the deported themselves. A great read!
Todd Stillwell
Dec 21, 2015 Todd Stillwell rated it it was amazing
Great book about great grandfather and how he was apart of the Texas Rangers. Grew up hearing these stories as a child from making my grandfather as we drove around the ranch checking watering holes at Norias.
Manda
May 28, 2015 Manda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed it, especially the mentions in it of my Nana's grandfather, old W. W. Wright. He was quite a character!
Vicki Valenta
Jun 02, 2015 Vicki Valenta rated it it was amazing
This book is set mostly in the area where I live. Many of the families in the stories still live in Nueces County and in the Calallen area.
Fredrick Danysh
Jan 27, 2012 Fredrick Danysh rated it liked it
Shelves: history, texas
Outlaws, bandits, and Indians inhabited the region between the Nueces River and the Rio Grande in Texas. Captain McNelly with a handful of Rangers was given the task of bringing peace to the region.
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Fairly interesting, but not very well written.
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