Comanche in Comanche County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Site of John Wesley Hardin's Murder of Deputy Sheriﬀ Charles Webb
On May 26, 1874 John Wesley Hardin came to Comanche for a second short visit with his parents preacher James Gipson Hardin and Mary Elizabeth Dixson Hardin to celebrate his 21st birthday and to race Rondo a horse he had purchased in Comanche in January. At the races held 1-1/2 miles NE of Comanche Rondo won first, brother Jo G Hardin's horse won second and cousin Bud Dixson's horse was third. Hardin claimed winnings of $3000 in cash, 50 head of cattle, 15 horses and a wagon. Brown County Deputy Sheriff Charles Webb was reported to have been at the races but he made no effort to detain Hardin. Hardin and his cousins gathered at Jack Wright's Saloon on the NE corner of the Square to celebrate. Aware of the posted reward because of his 40 murders, Hardin was always alert and moved quickly. For reasons unknown, Webb came to Comanche that afternoon following the races. Hardin was told that Webb had come to kill him and capture his friend Jim Taylor. The encounter between Hardin and Webb was brief - a few words between the two men, an exchange of bullets, then Webb fell dead near the door of the Jack Wright Saloon. Hardin was wounded but escaped.
Erected by Comanche County Historical Society.
Location. 31° 53.909′ N, 98° Touch for map. Marker and building are on the courthouse square. Marker is at or near this postal address: 107 West Grand Avenue, Comanche TX 76442, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Royal King (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Veterans (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Veterans Memorial (about 300 feet away); Huett Building and Carrera [sic Carrara] Glass (about 300 feet away); The Chilton-Harelik Building (about 300 feet away); Ritz Theater Building (about 300 feet away); The Comanche Chief (about 400 feet away); Indian Raid in Comanche (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Comanche.
Also see . . .
1. John Wesley Hardin Bio. (Submitted on March 15, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Guide to the John Wesley Hardin Collection at TSU-San Marcos. (Submitted on March 15, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Photo of John Wesley Hardin on Antiques Roadshow. (Submitted on March 15, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. John Wesley Hardin Bio at Wikipedia. (Submitted on March 15, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 15, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 453 times since then and 74 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 15, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.