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Linn in Hidalgo County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Bazán and Longoria Murders

 
 
Bazán and Longoria Murders Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, January 28, 2021
1. Bazán and Longoria Murders Marker
Inscription.  

On September 27, 1915, Jesus Bazán and his son-in-law, Antonio Longoria – both recognized Tejano community leaders and the latter a Hidalgo County Commissioner – traveled to a local Texas Ranger camp on the Sam Lane ranch to report a horse robbery that occurred a few days prior at their ranch north of the Rio Grande in Hidalgo County. Although Bazán and Longoria should have had the law on their side, anti-Mexican violence in the region was persistent.

After a seemingly uneventful conversation with Ranger Captain Henry Ransom, the two men left on horseback. When they were about 300 yards from the campsite, laborers on Sam Lane’s ranch witnessed Captain Ransom and two civilians climb into a Model T Ford and follow the men. One passenger reached outside a window and shot both men in the back. Bazán and Longoria fell from their horses and died on the side of the road. Unfazed by the shooting, it was reported that Captain Ransom returned to the campsite to take a nap, leaving the bodies to decompose. Several days later, a family friend and neighbor buried the men where they fell. Neither the Texas Rangers nor local law
Bazán and Longoria Murders Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, January 28, 2021
2. Bazán and Longoria Murders Marker
enforcement investigated, explained or reported the murders.

In 1919, as a result of the Bazán and Longoria murders and many other incidents of violence against Mexican Americans, the Texas Legislature conducted a formal investigation into state and local law enforcement practices. Many law enforcement groups were reorganized as a result. Memories of the murders continue through oral tradition, reflecting this violent yet pivotal time in Texas history.
 
Erected 2016 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18584.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Hispanic AmericansLaw Enforcement.
 
Location. 26° 33.424′ N, 98° 7.287′ W. Marker is in Linn, Texas, in Hidalgo County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 186 and U.S. 281, on the left when traveling east on State Highway 186. The marker is located to the east of the Linn - San Manuel Welcome sign. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Linn TX 78563, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. La Noria Cardeneña (approx. 2.3 miles away); El Sal del Rey (approx. 3½ miles away).
 
The view of the Bazán and Longoria Murders Marker from the road image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, January 28, 2021
3. The view of the Bazán and Longoria Murders Marker from the road
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 6, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 6, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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