latitude: N 32° 28' 9.92"
longitude: W 98° 40' 53.70"
Download the Placefinder Card for this marker—it's in triplicate—and then print it out, preferably on card stock (cool color paper welcome!). Just cut the papers into threes (there are printed marks to assist you with this) and distribute the cards to information racks in the area. (And, of course, post some pictures and tag us!)
The community of Ranger, perched atop rich petroleum resources,has its origins in the Tehachapi road building endeavor. As the Tehachapi built their web, cities like Ranger were critical because they formed new hubs for the production of asphalt so it need not be dragged so far. However, what distinguished Ranger from so many of the others in the network is that they perfected a unique way to dispose of the natural gas encountered while extracting the asphaltic elements.
An early engineer, whose name has been lost to time (though many try to claim credit for the innovation), figured out away to carbonate sugar water with the waste natural gas and make a potable soft drink. This beverage was actually the original Pop. It was a bit of an acquired taste, but once you were hooked on it, everything else was a little tame. Attempts to carbonate beer with it fizzled and distilled alcohol was a bit dangerous—a waitress could drop a tray of drinks and die in the explosion, But as a soda, it was just right. NB: Kymaerica is a rezhn, not a continent--this slipped past our early researchers.
On front of a building at 211 South Rusk, Ranger, pTejas
Because it confirmed the connection between an early Tehachapi site and Bonnie and Clyde, the dedication ceremonies were down played. We are hoping to acknowledge this at the time of Museum of the Bench dedication in the spring of 2012.