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132 Years Ago in May…

Whatever became of Ben Thompson’s six-shooter?

By Mike Cox (Reprinted with permission)   Thompson, a British-born former Texas Ranger and soldier of fortune with a penchant for booze and gambling, made quite a reputation as city marshal of Austin in the early 1880s. His life ended violently in San Antonio on the night of March 11, 1884 when someone gunned him down along with former outlaw-turned-lawman King… (more…)

Ben Thompson Graveside Marker Dedication & History Conference April 29, 2012

DATE:             29 April 2012 CONTACT:            Denice Harlan PHONE:            (979) 542-3455 EMAIL:            info @ benthompsonfoundation.org AUSTIN, TX – On April 29, Ben Thompson’s life will be recognized, honored and discussed by experts, authors and descendants for the first time in history. Six organizations, The Austin History Center, The Ben Thompson Preservation Foundation, The Giddings Area Chamber of Commerce, The Sons… (more…)