ask the marshall true west

On Walker, Texas Ranger, Chuck Norris had a recurring role, told via flashbacks, as 19th century Texas Ranger Hayes Cooper. Did such a man exist?

Jeff Peirce
Indianapolis, Indiana

Wish I could say yes, but no, Hayes Cooper is fictional. He was created in the fertile minds of the writers of the CBS television series. The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco receives many letters asking the same question.

Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian and vice president of the Wild West History Association. His latest book is Arizona Outlaws and Lawmen; The History Press, 2015. If you have a question, e-mail him at

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