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King Fisher

(1854 -1884)

 
 
King Fisher Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 18, 2003
1. King Fisher Marker
Inscription. Celebrated outlaw who became a peace officer. Once undisputed ruler of a 5,000-square-mile area of Southwest Texas, centered in Eagle Pass and known as King Fisher's Territory.

Son of Jobe and Lucinda Fisher, at age 17 Fisher settled on Pendencia Creek in Dimmit County, hired by ranchmen to guard their herds from bandits who frequently raided from Mexico, across Rio Grande.

A complex and forceful individual, he imposed order in lawless border area. His henchmen rustled cattle and terrorized resisting settlers but also protected them from outside intruders. Near his ranch was sign reading: "This is King Fisher's Road. Take the other". Many prominent men, including Porfirio Diaz, President of Mexico, counted him a friend.

Tall, charming, and quite handsome, Fisher wore fine clothes and tiger skin chaps. An expert shot—with either hand—he was indicted on six murder charges and 15 lesser counts but was never convicted.

Devoted to wife and daughters, he reformed after being arrested in 1876 by Ranger Capt. L.H. McNelly. He was acting Uvalde County sheriff, when, on March 11, 1884, he and the notorious Ben Thompson were killed from ambush at a vaudeville theater in San Antonio.
 
Erected 1973 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2946.)
King Fisher Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 18, 2003
2. King Fisher Grave Marker

 
Location. 29° 12.888′ N, 99° 47.58′ W. Marker is in Uvalde, Texas, in Uvalde County. Marker is at the intersection of North Park Street and West Leona Street, on the right when traveling north on North Park Street. Click for map. The marker is located in Pioneer Park Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Uvalde TX 78801, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1830 - Reading Wood Black - 1867 (within shouting distance of this marker); Judge John Nance Garner (approx. 0.2 miles away); Grand Opera House (approx. half a mile away); Kincaid Hotel (approx. half a mile away); Uvalde County (approx. half a mile away); Uvalde County Courthouse (approx. half a mile away); Early Texas Wagon Yards (approx. half a mile away); Fort Inge, Camp Dix, C.S.A. (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Uvalde.
 
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King Fisher grave Pioneer Park, Uvalde, Texas image. Click for full size.
By William F Haenn, April 16, 2015
3. King Fisher grave Pioneer Park, Uvalde, Texas
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 193 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   3. submitted on , by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. A wide view photo of the marker and the surrounding area in context. • Clarification or confirmation of which of the two photos are his grave, adding any inscriptions. • Can you help?
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