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Navasota in Grimes County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Frank Augustus Hamer

Frank Augustus Hamer Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, October 24, 2020
1. Frank Augustus Hamer Marker

Frank Augustus Hamer became the Navasota City Marshal in 1908, after the Navasota City Council made a plea to the Governor of Texas for help. Grimes County had become a battleground for the decade prior to his arrival plagued with political and racial conflicts tearing the community apart. Hamer, just 24 years old, was recruited from the Texas Rangers to help end the violence. As Mance Lipscomb, a fellow Navasota historic figure, remembered from his days as a buggy driver for Hamer the City Marshal was an integral part of making Navasota safe for all members of society. At six feet five inches tall, he was often known to put away his guns and use his legs to kick and subdue suspects joking that his "feet were always loaded". Local affluent hardliners challenged him only to learn that he would arrest anyone who broke the law. After taming Navasota, Frank Hamer left in 1911 and went on to become one of the greatest lawmen of the American West, serving in the Texas Rangers most of his career. He aided Mexican authorities along the Texas border fighting gunrunners, bootleggers and Mexican banditos. Hamer participated in multiple gunfights
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and was shot at least 14 times. He is most famous for ending the robbing and killing spree of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, leading a posse in Louisiana that tracked down the two. Frank Hamer was recognized by J. Edgar Hoover and historian Walter Prescott Webb as one of the outstanding Peace Officers of his time.
Erected 2013 by City of Navasota.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Law Enforcement. A significant historical year for this entry is 1908.
Location. 30° 23.246′ N, 96° 5.265′ W. Marker is in Navasota, Texas, in Grimes County. Marker is at the intersection of McAlpine Street and South LaSalle Street, on the right when traveling north on McAlpine Street. The marker and statue for Frank Hamer are located in front of the Navasota City Hall. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 McAlpine Street, Navasota TX 77868, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Leake Building (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Washington Avenue (about 500 feet away); First Presbyterian Church of Navasota (about 500 feet away); Mickelborough Building (about 600 feet away); Saint Paul's Episcopal Church (about 700 feet away); The Terrell House (about 700 feet away); Rene Robert Cavelier Sieur de La Salle
Frank Augustus Hamer Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, October 24, 2020
2. Frank Augustus Hamer Marker
The marker is located low to the ground in front of the statue.
(about 700 feet away); The Lewis J. Wilson Building (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Navasota.
Also see . . .  Frank Hamer History. Wikipedia (Submitted on November 10, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
Frank Hamer image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, October 24, 2020
3. Frank Hamer
Credits. This page was last revised on November 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 10, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 569 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 10, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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