June 9, 1932

Forrest Wood was born in Flippin (Marion County). Wood is known worldwide for his success in the sport fishing industry. In 1968, he founded Ranger Boats, now the largest manufacturer of bass boats in the nation. Wood has thus become known as an “outdoor legend” and the father of the modern bass boat. In 1968, he began building lake boats, setting up shop in the back of a filling station. He made six boats that year, and Forrest’s Ranger Boats, named after the Army Rangers and the Texas Rangers, began to attract attention. Even after selling Ranger Boats in 1987, Wood remained a legend in the sport fishing industry.

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