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Josiah Pugh Wilbarger

In Memoriam

 
 
Josiah Pugh Wilbarger Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, November 24, 2014
1. Josiah Pugh Wilbarger Marker
Inscription.  
Marking the spot where
Josiah Pugh Wilbarger
of Austin's Colony was stabbed
and scalped by the Indians in 1832
while locating lands for the Colonies.

Born in Bourbon Co. Ky. Sept. 10, 1801
Died in Bastrop Co. Tex. April 11, 1845

A true Pioneer and Patriot.
We honor the spirit of sacrifice.
Reverenced and erected by his descendants.

 
Erected 1936. (Marker Number 16095.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Texas 1936 Centennial Markers and Monuments series list.
 
Location. 30° 18.233′ N, 97° 41.924′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Marker is at the intersection of Berkman Drive and East 51st Street, on the right when traveling north on Berkman Drive. Marker is located in the northeast corner of the intersection in Bartholomew District Park at the intersection of 51st and Manor Rd. Touch for map
Josiah Pugh Wilbarger Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, November 24, 2014
2. Josiah Pugh Wilbarger Marker
. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5201 Berkman Drive, Austin TX 78723, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hancock Recreation Center (approx. 1.6 miles away); Addcox House (approx. 1.6 miles away); Elisabet Ney (approx. 1.7 miles away); First Colored Baptist Church (approx. 1.7 miles away); Wells-LaRue House (approx. 1.7 miles away); Maud Anna Berry Smith Fuller (approx. 1.7 miles away); Williams-Weigl House (approx. 1.7 miles away); Austin State Hospital Cemetery (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Bluff Trail Overlook marker overlooking Wilbarger Bend of the Colorado River. Pecan Springs School near the original location of this marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wilbarger, Josiah Pugh. Article from The Handbook of Texas Online. (Submitted on November 24, 2014, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.) 

2. Travis County Historical Commission. Article about this marker which dates to 1927 and is likely the oldest in Travis County. (Submitted on December 10, 2019, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Marker relocated in 1985
This marker was originally located at the site where the rescue party found
Plaque at Base of Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, November 24, 2014
3. Plaque at Base of Marker
Plaque at base of text reads: In Memory of Thomas Christian, William Strother and Josiah Wilbarger, members of a party of five who were attacked near here by Indians in August, 1833. Christian and Strother were killed, Wilbarger was scalped and eventually died of his wounds. The other two escaped.
Josiah Wilbarger, near today's Old Manor Road & 51st street. In 1966, a news article quotes Mrs. Jessie Smith, then head of the Travis County Historical Survey Committee, saying this marker is likely the oldest in Travis County, and was put up at the original spot in the late 1920s, which explains why it does not look like other 1936 Texas Centennial markers; it apparently predates those markers. Another article from the Austin paper seems to corroborate that mentioning the marker on the Austin – Manor road in 1931. The marker remained at its original location where Wilbarger was scalped until 1985 when it finally got moved to Bartholomew Park.
    — Submitted June 29, 2019, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 10, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 24, 2014, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 695 times since then and 97 times this year. Last updated on June 29, 2019, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 24, 2014, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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