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Abilene in Taylor County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Site of Curfew by John J. Clinton

(1848 - 1922)

 
 
Site of Curfew by John J. Clinton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, December 14, 2014
1. Site of Curfew by John J. Clinton Marker
Inscription. Here each New Year’s Eve at midnight for thirty-seven years John J. Clinton, Abilene Chief of Police, emptied his revolver. He began in 1885, decreeing that saloons close at midnight, and that trigger-happy cowboys and townsmen observe the curfew.
     After saloon era passed, his practice became a commemoration.
     Ireland-born Clinton was a Confederate soldier; later scout for U.S. Army, was wounded at “the fight for the water hole.” He was policeman at Dodge City, Kansas, then served Abilene until his death. Men respected him for his courage and integrity.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1967

 
Erected 1967 by Texas State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 4766.)
 
Location. 32° 26.905′ N, 99° 44.017′ W. Marker is in Abilene, Texas, in Taylor County. Marker is at the intersection of Chestnut Street and S. 1st Street, on the right when traveling south on Chestnut Street. Touch for map. Marker is located at edge of parking lot on the southeast corner of the intersection. Marker is in this post office area: Abilene TX 79602, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Texas & Pacific Railway (about 300 feet away, measured
Site of Curfew by John J. Clinton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, December 14, 2014
2. Site of Curfew by John J. Clinton Marker
in a direct line); First Presbyterian Church (about 300 feet away); Pine Street Shootout (about 500 feet away); The Hotel Grace (about 500 feet away); Abilene Reporter-News (about 600 feet away); Taylor County Veterans Memorial (about 600 feet away); Honoring E Battery Lost Battalion WWII (approx. 0.2 miles away); "I Shall Never Surrender or Retreat" (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Abilene.
 
Also see . . .  John J. Clinton - Findagrave.com Website. Includes obituary from 1922. (Submitted on December 18, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
View to Northeast Towards Downtown Abilene image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, December 14, 2014
3. View to Northeast Towards Downtown Abilene
View to East Along S. 1st Street image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, December 14, 2014
4. View to East Along S. 1st Street
View to South Along Chestnut Street image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, December 14, 2014
5. View to South Along Chestnut Street
Intersection of Chestnut Street and S. 1st Street image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, December 14, 2014
6. Intersection of Chestnut Street and S. 1st Street
Marker is at southeast corner of intersection
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 18, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 245 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 18, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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