El Paso in El Paso County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
John Wesley Hardin
Hardin was shot in the back of the head by El Paso constable John Selman.
At Selman's trial witnesses testified: "If Hardin was shot in the eye it was excellent marksmanship, if he was shot in the back it was excellent Judgment."
Selman, out on bail, a few months later was killed in a gunfight.
Erected 1962 by State National Bank of El Paso, TX.
Location. 31° 45.495′ N, 106° 29.23′ W. Marker is in El Paso, Texas, in El Paso County. Marker is on East San Antonio Avenue. Touch for map. The marker is on the side of the building at 274 East San Antonio Ave. Marker is at or near this postal address: 274 East San Antonio Ave, El Paso TX 79901, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Elite Confectionary (within shouting distance of this marker); Singer Building (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of United States Courthouse (about 400 feet away); Nine of Primitive El Paso's Patriotic Heroes El Paso's Chinese Community (about 500 feet away); The First Kindergarten in Texas (about 500 feet away); LULAC (about 500 feet away); The Woman's Club of El Paso (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in El Paso.
Also see . . . John Wesley Hardin, Wikipedia article. “In January 1871, Hardin was arrested for the murder of Waco, Texas city marshal Laban John Hoffman, which he denied having committed. Following his arrest, he was held temporarily in a log jail in the town of Marshall, awaiting transfer to Waco for trial. While locked up, he bought a revolver from another prisoner. Two Texas State Policemen, Captain Edward T. Stakes and an officer named Jim Smalley, were assigned to escort Hardin to Waco for trial. According to Hardin, they tied him on a horse with no saddle for the trip. While making camp along the way, Hardin escaped when Stakes went to procure fodder for the horses. He claims he was left alone with Smalley, who began to taunt and beat the then-17-year-old prisoner with the butt of a pistol. Hardin says he feigned crying and huddled against his pony’s flank. Hidden (Submitted on November 22, 2009, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 22, 2009, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 5,832 times since then and 208 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week August 17, 2014. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 22, 2009, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. 3. submitted on August 16, 2014. 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 22, 2009, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.