King Fisher

King Fisher (HM1JYC)

Location: Uvalde, TX 78801 Uvalde County
Country: United States of America

N 29° 12.888', W 99° 47.58'

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(1854 -1884)

Celebrated outlaw who became a peace officer. Once undisputed ruler of a 5,000-square-mile area of Southwest Texas, centered in Eagle Pass and known as King Fisher's Territory.

Son of Jobe and Lucinda Fisher, at age 17 Fisher settled on Pendencia Creek in Dimmit County, hired by ranchmen to guard their herds from bandits who frequently raided from Mexico, across Rio Grande.

A complex and forceful individual, he imposed order in lawless border area. His henchmen rustled cattle and terrorized resisting settlers but also protected them from outside intruders. Near his ranch was sign reading: "This is King Fisher's Road. Take the other". Many prominent men, including Porfirio Diaz, President of Mexico, counted him a friend.

Tall, charming, and quite handsome, Fisher wore fine clothes and tiger skin chaps. An expert shot—with either hand—he was indicted on six murder charges and 15 lesser counts but was never convicted.

Devoted to wife and daughters, he reformed after being arrested in 1876 by Ranger Capt. L.H. McNelly. He was acting Uvalde County sheriff, when, on March 11, 1884, he and the notorious Ben Thompson were killed from ambush at a vaudeville theater in San Antonio.
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HM NumberHM1JYC
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Marker Number2946
Year Placed1973
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, April 9th, 2015 at 10:02am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 422920 N 3232044
Decimal Degrees29.21480000, -99.79300000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 12.888', W 99° 47.58'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 12' 53.28" N, 99° 47' 34.8" W
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Area Code(s)830, 210
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 509 N Park St, Uvalde TX 78801, US
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