Two legends were born in the 1820s on the remote Texas frontier -- Western banking and the Texas Rangers. The first chartered bank west of the Mississippi was opened in 1822 in San Antonio. The Texas Rangers, founded in 1823, is the oldest statewide law enforcement agency in the US. When the first immigrants came to the Texas colonies there was an immediate demand for banking services. Most of them arrived from the American South and Anglo-German Europe. Texas banks and the Texas Rangers are two reasons modern Texas exists. Lacking funds, leaders of the Texas revolution turned an eye towards the new, flourishing port of Galveston. Few banks were established from statehood until the end of the Civil War, but afterwards national and private commercial banks multiplied into the hundreds. Texas avoided much of the economic turmoil of the 1870s.
THREE CENTURIES OF HERITAGE: TEXAS BANKS AND TEXAS RANGERS Byron A Johnson Texas Banking; Feb 2010; 99, 2; Docstoc pg. 14 Repr
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