Manassa in Conejos County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
"The Manassa Mauler"
This monument is dedicated to Mary Celia Dempsey mother of William Harrison "Jack" Dempsey born June 24, 1895
He fought his way to become world heavyweight champion on July 4, 1919 and became known as the legendary "Manassa Mauler"
My mother was the most magnificent woman I ever met. I knew from the time I could walk that she deserved a better break. And I swore or vowed or prayed, or whatever it is a kid does, that I would someday make it up to her.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Sports • Women. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1903.
Location. 37° 10.416′ N, 105° 56.156′ W. Marker is in Manassa, Colorado, in Conejos County. Marker is on Main Street (State Highway 142) 0.1 miles east of 5th Street, on the right when traveling east. From U.S. Highway 285 in south-central Colorado's San Luis Valley approximately 12.5 miles north of the Colorado/New Mexico state line, turn east onto Colorado State Highway 142 at the town of Romeo. As you head east into the town of Manassa, State Highway 142 becomes Manassa's main street. After Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 412 Main Street, Manassa CO 81141, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pike's Stockade (approx. 10.8 miles away).
Regarding "The Manassa Mauler". This statue of the world champion boxer stands in front of the small cabin which was Jack Dempsey's birthplace. The cabin houses the Jack Dempsey museum, which is open 9 am-5 pm Tuesday through Saturday from Memorial Day until Labor Day. No admission fee.
Also see . . .
1. Jack Dempsey, The Manassa Mauler...“The Greatest Rough and Tumble Fighter Who Ever Lived”. (Submitted on September 24, 2009.)
2. Jack Dempsey. Wikipedia article (Submitted on September 24, 2009.)
3. The official Jack Dempsey website. (Submitted on September 24, 2009.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 8, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 24, 2009. This page has been viewed 2,089 times since then and 9 times this year. Last updated on February 17, 2015. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 24, 2009. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.