Lampasas in Lampasas County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The Horrell and Higgins families were among the early settlers of Lampasas County. Tom, Mart, Merritt and Sam Horrell were accused of many crimes, including cattle rustling and murder. Pink Higgins was a cattleman and trail driver who, in 1876, began accusing the Horrell brothers of stealing his cattle. On January 22, 1877, Pink Higgins shot and killed Merritt Horrell in the Gem Saloon. This was the beginning of a six-month battle between the Horrell brothers and Pink Higgins, Bob Mitchell, Bill Wren and their followers.
On March 26, Tom and Mart Horrell were ambushed on their way into Lampasas. Captain John C. Sparks of the Texas Rangers went in pursuit, but no one was captured. Higgins remained a fugitive, but eventually surrendered and was ordered to appear in court. On June 4, the Lampasas County District Clerk's office was burglarized and district court records were destroyed. Three days later, the biggest battle of the feud took place on the public square in Lampasas; one man from each side was killed.
Major John B. Jones, commander of the Texas Ranger Frontier Battalion, came to Lampasas and sent Sergeant
Erected 2000 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12017.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Law Enforcement. A significant historical date for this entry is January 22, 1877.
Location. 31° 3.928′ N, 98° 10.677′ W. Marker is in Lampasas, Texas, in Lampasas County. Marker is at the intersection of South Live Oak Street and Fourth Street, on the right when traveling north on South Live Oak Street. The marker is located on the west side of the Lampasas County Courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 501 Fourth Street, Lampasas TX 76550, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lampasas County Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); First State Meeting of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (a few steps from this marker); Gunfight at the Lampasas Saloon (a few steps from this marker); Lampasas County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Near Site of Organization of Texas Bankers Association (within shouting distance of this marker); Lampasas County (within shouting distance of this marker); Lampasas County, C.S.A. (within shouting distance of this marker); Hanna Springs (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lampasas.
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1. Horrell-Higgins Feud.
The Horrell and Higgins families were ranchers who settled in Lampasas County before the Civil War and were friends and neighbors until the 1870s. The five Horrell brothers-Mart, Tom, Merritt, Ben, and Sam-first got into trouble with the State Police in 1873, when Capt. Thomas Williams and seven men went to Lampasas to put a stop to the general lawlessness prevalent there. Source: The Handbook of Texas(Submitted on June 19, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
2. John Higgins (gunman).
Higgins began taking part in cattle drives north into Kansas while a teenager working on his father's ranch. He was too young to serve during the American Civil War and remained in Lampasas County working as a cowboy for most of his youth. During that time, he took part in numerous skirmishes with hostile Indians and in the hanging of several cattle rustlers. He was an active member of what was known as the Law and Order League, organized to battle horse thieves, cattle thieves, and other outlaws. Source: Wikipedia(Submitted on June 19, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
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