Site of Curfew by John J. Clinton

Site of Curfew by John J. Clinton (HM1IEG)

Location: Abilene, TX 79602 Taylor County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 26.905', W 99° 44.017'

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(1848 - 1922)

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
Marker Number4766
Year Placed1967
Placed ByTexas State Historical Survey Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, December 18th, 2014 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 431044 N 3590377
Decimal Degrees32.44841667, -99.73361667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 26.905', W 99° 44.017'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 26' 54.3" N, 99° 44' 1.02" W
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Area Code(s)325
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-149 Chestnut St, Abilene TX 79602, US
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