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Pittsburg in Camp County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Shootout at the Pittsburg Depot

 
 
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Photographed By Mark Hilton, September 1, 2019
1. Shootout at the Pittsburg Depot Marker
Inscription.  A domestic dispute involving George "Dallas" Smart, wife Annie and U.S. Army Lt. John W. Heard resulted in a public confrontation here on Feb. 10, 1885 as Heard planned to leave town. In the ensuing struggle, fueled by a crowd, Heard shot and killed Dallas Smart. The next day, Heard appeared before County Judge M. N. Brooks, who determined it was self-defense and ordered him released. A question of legal authority caused the state attorney general to rule the trial proper, given the judge's role as magistrate. Heard later defended himself in a court martial and a subsequent trial on the incident, and went on to a distinguished military career. Annie Smart rewed and died in the New Mexico Territory in 1900.
 
Erected 2005 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15475.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Events. A significant historical date for this entry is February 10, 1885.
 
Location. 32° 59.707′ N, 94° 58.138′ W. Marker is in Pittsburg, Texas, in Camp County. Marker is on West Marshall Street west of Market Street, on the left when
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Photographed By Mark Hilton, September 1, 2019
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traveling west. Located at the Texas Rural Heritage Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 204 West Marshall Street, Pittsburg TX 75686, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cotton Belt Depot (here, next to this marker); Pittsburg (within shouting distance of this marker); W. L. Garrett Building (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Carnegie Library in Texas (about 500 feet away); Farmer's Feed and Seed Company (about 700 feet away); Pitts Family Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Methodist Church of Pittsburg (approx. 0.2 miles away); William Harrison Pitts (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pittsburg.
 
Also see . . .  Longview News-Journal newspaper clipping about the shoutout. (Submitted on September 9, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
The Pittsburg Depot and marker. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, September 1, 2019
3. The Pittsburg Depot and marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 9, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 9, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 183 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 9, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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May. 26, 2022