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Langtry in Val Verde County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Fitzsimmons-Maher Prizefight

 
 
Fitzsimmons-Maher Prizefight Marker image. Click for full size.
By Julie Szabo, February 7, 2008
1. Fitzsimmons-Maher Prizefight Marker
Inscription. In 1896, Judge Roy Bean made national headlines with a unique boxing match held at this site. Robert James Fitzsimmons was to fight James J. Corbett, the heavyweight champion, but the Legislature had outlawed boxing in Texas. While promoters sought a new location for the match, Corbett retired, handing the title to Irishman Peter Maher, who soon agreed to fight Fitzsimmons. Bean arranged for spectators, the press and Texas Rangers to travel by train from El Paso to Langtry, where he held the fight on a sandbar on Mexico's side of the Rio Grande; Texas lawmen had no authority there and Mexico had no law enforcement on hand. Fitzsimmons knocked Maher out in 95 seconds, winning the title.
 
Erected 2006 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13649.)
 
Location. 29° 48.432′ N, 101° 33.321′ W. Marker is in Langtry, Texas, in Val Verde County. Marker is on Torres Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Langtry TX 78871, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Eagle’s Nest (approx. 0.2 miles away); Robert Thomas Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Torres Family
Fitzsimmons-Maher Prizefight Marker image. Click for full size.
By Julie Szabo, February 7, 2008
2. Fitzsimmons-Maher Prizefight Marker
(approx. ¼ mile away); William H. Dodd (approx. 0.3 miles away); Langtry (approx. 0.3 miles away); Jersey Lily Saloon - - 1882 - 1903 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Law West of the Pecos (approx. 0.3 miles away); Railroad Bridges Over the Pecos (approx. 10.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Langtry.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 28, 2008, by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida. This page has been viewed 1,863 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 28, 2008, by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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