"El Cojo"

"El Cojo" (HMZ05)

Location: Porterville, CA 93257 Tulare County
Country: United States of America

N 35° 53.553', W 118° 55.073'

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While trapping in the Rocky Mountains in 1827 Thomas L. Smith was shot in the lower left leg by Indians. Escaping he took his knife and cut off the useless part, surviving this, he carved a peg of oak, strapped it on and was thereafter called, "Pegleg Smith." Going to California in 1829 he picked up some heavy stones, later found them to be gold and never found the spot again, this is known as "The Lost Pegleg Gold." he and others found that the horse herds in the Tulare Valley could be had for the taking. The Spanish called them thieves, but did not pursue them into the Sierras, so "El Cojo", which means "The Lame Man" in Spanish and his associates raided the ranchos and Missions and took thousands of horses and mules. East of here a small stream running into White River is known as "Cojo Gulch." The upper end is where he kept horses before driving them to his markets in the Rocky Mountains and Missouri, thus becoming the most successful horse thief in western history. He died at Sixty-Four years of age in San Francisco in 1865.
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HM NumberHMZ05
Series This marker is part of the E Clampus Vitus series
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Year Placed2010
Placed ByDr. Samuel Gregg George Chapter 1855 of E Clampus Vitus
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 8:07pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 326901 N 3973729
Decimal Degrees35.89255000, -118.91788333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 53.553', W 118° 55.073'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 53' 33.18" N, 118° 55' 4.38" W
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Area Code(s)559
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 33978-34184 Old Stage Coach Rd, Porterville CA 93257, US
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