In the early development of Seguin, there was only the small group of Rangers camped on the banks of Walnut Branch near where the Chamber of Commerce building is now located. An adobe building was soon built by Ranger James Milford Day, near what would become the corner of Guadalupe and Court streets. (It was torn down in 1965.) The building would be used as the first hospital for injured Rangers and was the home of Sarah Day — wife of Johnson Day, chief justice for the DeWitt Colony — and her seven daughters. (There is a photo of the Ranger station on the wall in the Guadalupe Regional Medical Center identifying it as the first hospital in Seguin.) This Ranger station would be used by Jack Coffee Hays, James H. Callahan, John and Henry King, Dr. Solomon Brill, James W. Nichols, Nathaniel Benton, and many other Texas Rangers.

This Snapshot is focused on Ranger Nathaniel Benton, a man who had a long and distinguished life in Texas and Seguin.

Floyd McKee is a native of Seguin. He is a retired Air Force Colonel and eight of his ancestors were among the 33 Rangers that organized and developed Walnut Springs and Seguin.

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