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Alvarado in Johnson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Outlaws Benjamin Bickerstaff and Josiah Thompson

 
 
Outlaws Benjamin Bickerstaff and Josiah Thompson Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jesse Nelsen, August 11, 2021
1. Outlaws Benjamin Bickerstaff and Josiah Thompson Marker
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Near this site in 1869, Alvarado citizens ended the lives of outlaws Benjamin Bickerstaff and Josiah Thompson. A former Confederate veteran and prisoner of war, Bickerstaff was wanted for the murder of an African American man in Louisiana shortly after the Civil War. He later joined Alvarado business owner Josiah Thompson, also a Confederate veteran, and the two are believed to have participated in numerous robberies and murders in this area, including incidents in Alvarado. When they rode together into town on April 5, 1869, organized citizens shot them numerous times. They were buried in Balch (Old Alvarado) Cemetery.
 
Erected 2006 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13482.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Events. A significant historical year for this entry is 1869.
 
Location. 32° 24.385′ N, 97° 12.706′ W. Marker is in Alvarado, Texas, in Johnson County. Marker is on South Friou Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Alvarado TX 76009, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Alvarado (within shouting distance of this marker); Alvarado Masonic Lodge No. 314, A.F. & A.M.
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(about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Methodist Church (about 500 feet away); Balch Cemetery (approx. ¼ mile away); Balch-Senterwood Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Alvarado Glenwood Cemetery (approx. 0.7 miles away); Johnson County Pioneers and Old Settlers Reunion (approx. 0.7 miles away); First Baptist Church of Alvarado (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alvarado.
 
Outlaws Benjamin Bickerstaff and Josiah Thompson Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jesse Nelsen, August 11, 2021
2. Outlaws Benjamin Bickerstaff and Josiah Thompson Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 23, 2021, by Jesse Nelsen of Farmersville, Texas. This page has been viewed 217 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 23, 2021, by Jesse Nelsen of Farmersville, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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