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Near Junction in Kimble County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Doom of the Outlaws of Pegleg Station

 
 
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By James Hulse, October 31, 2020
1. Doom of the Outlaws of Pegleg Station Marker
Inscription.  

Here the climax of a western track down occurred on Jan. 18, 1878, when Texas Rangers killed suspected murderer Dick Dublin, member of a gang of outlaws. Although a friend yelled for him to run, Dublin was shot (150 yds. S) as the intrepid James B. Gillett and 3 other Rangers rushed his hide-out (60 yds. E). Dick's brothers (Role and Dell), Mack Potter, and Rube Boyce were captured after a partner of the gang turned informer. Three of them (plus two others) were convicted Aug. 23 - 24, 1880, of the 1877 robbery of the U.S. Mail at Pegleg Station.
 
Erected 1969 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 3891.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Law Enforcement.
 
Location. 30° 23.551′ N, 99° 53.289′ W. Marker is near Junction, Texas, in Kimble County. Marker is on U.S. 377 half a mile south of County Highway 150, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Junction TX 76849, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. R. M. Turner Family (approx. 1.3 miles away); Telegraph Store and Post Office
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By James Hulse, October 31, 2020
2. Doom of the Outlaws of Pegleg Station Marker
(approx. 4.6 miles away); Site of Four Mile Dam (approx. 6˝ miles away); John James Smith (approx. 7.7 miles away); Isaac Kountz (approx. 8.6 miles away); Vicinity of Bradbury Settlement (approx. 8.9 miles away); William Walter Taylor (approx. 8.9 miles away); Capt. Gully Cowsert (approx. 9.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Junction.
 
Regarding Doom of the Outlaws of Pegleg Station. In the wilds of Kimble and Menard counties, where rugged mountains are piled abruptly on level plains, where cat claw and cactus make impenetrable barriers, excepting by narrow intricate paths, for years have dwelt a gang of white men as savage as the Indians, after whom they model in their modes of living. This gang for nine or ten years acknowledged Dick and Dell Dublin as leaders. They halted at no crime; they feared no law. Often they passed beyond the Pecos to return painted as Indians, to rob, murder and ravish on the credit of the red man. Seated in a settler's cabin partaking of his hospitality, these murderers would inspect with treacherous eyes, the home which was soon to be visited by red-handed ruin.
View of the Marker from the street image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, October 31, 2020
3. View of the Marker from the street
Lieut. Reynolds has utterly destroyed these miscreants. One of the gang arrived in chains yesterday. Dick Dublin is dead, killed by the rangers in resisting arrest. Dell Dublin is in jail. Other of the renegade band are killed, and the others are scattered into Mexico. Kimble and Menard counties are quiet now.
Source: The Marshall Messager - March 9th, 1878
 
Also see . . .
1. Pegleg Stage Robberies. TexasEscapes.com (Submitted on November 17, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 

2. James B. Gillett - Texas Ranger. Wikipedia (Submitted on November 17, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 17, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 42 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 17, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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