Abilene in Taylor County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Pine Street Shootout
On the evening of January 8, 1884, City Alderman Frank Collins and his brother, Walter, who was a Taylor County deputy sheriff, entered a saloon at the northeast corner of North First and Pine streets. The saloon proprietor, Zeno L. Hemphill, confronted Frank Collins about the newly-passed anti-gambling laws. (Hemphill had been convicted of assault in 1880 and was scheduled for an April 1884 trial for killing a man the previous year.) Angry words, and then punches, were exchanged, and Hemphill drew a gun and shot Walter Collins, who had stepped between the two men. Gunfire then broke out between Frank Collins and Hemphill. When the dust settled, Walter Collins and Zeno Hemphill were dead, and Frank Collins died from his injuries after two months.
As a result of the incident, the enforcement of the new city ordinances became a top priority. John J. Clinton was appointed
Erected 2012 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16528.)
Location. 32° 26.97′ N, 99° 43.971′ W. Marker is in Abilene, Texas, in Taylor County. Marker is at the intersection of N. 1st Street and Pine Street, on the right when traveling west on N. 1st Street. Touch for map. Marker is located on the N. 1st Street sidewalk at the northeast corner of the intersection. Marker is in this post office area: Abilene TX 79601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Presbyterian Church (within shouting distance of this marker); The Texas & Pacific Railway (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Abilene Reporter-News (about 400 feet away); Site of Curfew by John J. Clinton (about 500 Texas & Pacific Railroad Depot (about 500 feet away); The Hotel Grace (about 500 feet away); The Bankhead Highway (about 800 feet away); Hotel Wooten (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Abilene.
More about this marker. Underneath the marker is a tablet noting the historical marker project contributors. The tablet states,
Historical Marker Project Contributors
Abilene Indoor Gun Range James M. Alexander & Co. Mr. & Mrs. Downing Bolls Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Glendel L. Bruce Sheriff Les D. Bruce & Family★ Philip L. Bruce & Family Jimmy & Peggy Campbell COBAN Technologies, Inc. The Collins Families of Mississippi & Texas John Cummins & Family★ David Doherty & Family★ Teron Durant & Family GT Distributors, Inc. James D. Hill & Family★ Lone Star Electric Cheryl Mynar & Family Tommy & Kelly Pope★ Prisoner Transportation Services (PTS) Taylor County Historical Commission
★ Denotes Officers of The Taylor County Sheriffs Office
“Pine Street Shootout” Historical Marker, Abilene Texas
Also see . . . Double Historical Ceremonies Include Pine Street Shootout. Article from the January 7, 2012 edition of the Abilene Reporter-News on the dedication of the marker. (Submitted on July 20, 2015.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 20, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 237 times since then and 93 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 20, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.