Big Bend Saddlery
2701 East Hwy 90 Alpine, Tx 79830
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:30 pm
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Los Angeles Rangers were no strangers to attempts upon their lives.
Midnight raids plagued the cities where Major Horace Bell and the other rangers were trying to maintain peace between the Mexicans, allied Indians and American people.
This personal and historical account, from Major Horace Bell, covers the years that Bell worked as a mounted ranger during the tumultuous handover period of a newly acquired Southern California territory from Mexico to the American government.
In his retelling of the events that occurred whilst he was stationed in the Southern Californian territory you will read of the dangers that faced these brave mountain rangers every day. Under the command of Captain Alexander Hope, Bell and many other ranger volunteers, signed up in hope of calming the rising tensions of the Mexican people in 1853.
Lawlessness, the cities of Tombstone and Dodge City, and gunfights go hand-in-hand when detailing the American West. However, it is the stories of the Los Angeles Rangers that remain absent from many historical biographies and accounts. Major Horace Bell, like many of the men working on the borders, hunted down murderous bandits and criminals, several of which had connections to the perilless syndicate of Joaquin Murrieta’s band.
Horace Bell (1830 – 1918) was active in the American era of 19th century California, especially in the Los Angeles region. He was a Los Angeles Ranger, filibuster, soldier, lawyer, journalist and newspaper publisher, and author of two Southern California history books.
Order with Confidence from Big Bend Saddlery. We make only top quality products from the best materials that money can buy. We stand behind all our products with a guarantee against defects in materials or workmanship. We want you to be 100% satisfied with any product you buy from Big Bend Saddlery. If not, simply return it to us for a credit, refund or exchange. Items eligible for returns must be received by to our store within 30 days and items must be new, unused and contain original product packaging and accessories. Some items are non-returnable such as CD's, DVD's, Video Tapes, Books, and Customized Items. Shipping charges will not be refunded unless we are at fault in shipping incorrect or damaged merchandise.
We stock or have access to many products not shown on our website, and would be happy to help you find anything that we can. We do custom leatherwork and custom silverwork.
As far as we can tell, our shop was opened in 1905. It was named for this area, the Big Bend Region of Texas, which got its name from the bend or turn made by the Rio Grande River just south of us. We are located in the Davis Mountains with the 800,000-acre Big Bend National Park to the south. We are a small shop located on the east side of Alpine, Texas with employees who feature personalized, friendly service. Let us help you any way we can.