“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Homer in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)

Sheriff Pat Garrett

Sheriff Pat Garrett Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Wesley Harris, August 20, 2020
1. Sheriff Pat Garrett Marker
Inscription.  Patrick Floyd Jarvis Garrett, the legendary lawman credited with killed "Billy the Kid," was born in Chambers County, Alabama on June 5, 1850. His family immigrated to Claiborne Parish in 1853 and established a large plantation on lands surrounding this marker. It is here that Garrett spent his youth.

Following the deaths of his parents in 1867 and 1868, the plantation was sold to satisfy outstanding debts and 18-year-old Pat Garrett drifted west to Texas, eventually settling in New Mexico. His achievements as a sheriff have long overshadowed the balance of his life as a cowboy, buffalo hunter, entrepreneur, Texas Ranger, US Customs Inspector, and as a visionary whose irrigation project initiated the widespread cultivation of the Pecos Valley.

Pat Garrett was killed near Las Cruces, New Mexico on February 29, 1908, under circumstances never fully understood. He is buried at Masonic Cemetery in Las Cruces.
Erected 2020 by Claiborne Parish Library.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Law EnforcementSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is February 29, 1908.
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32° 51.3′ N, 92° 57.349′ W. Marker is near Homer, Louisiana, in Claiborne Parish. Marker is on Louisiana Route 9, one mile north of Forest Grove Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Homer LA 71040, 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. T. H. Harris (approx. 3.3 miles away); Friendship CME Church (approx. 4.6 miles away); Arizona Academy Site (approx. 4.6 miles away); Claiborne Parish Court House (approx. 7.2 miles away); Claiborne Parish War Memorial (approx. 7.3 miles away); Parish Courthouse (approx. 7.3 miles away); St. John Colored School (approx. 9.8 miles away); White Lightning (approx. 10 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Homer.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 23, 2021, by Wesley Harris of Ruston, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 565 times since then and 241 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on August 23, 2021, by Wesley Harris of Ruston, Louisiana. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
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Dec. 5, 2023