Major John B. Jones

Major John B. Jones (HMH9S)

Location: Austin, TX 78703 Travis County
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N 30° 18.577', W 97° 45.634'

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Famed defender of the frontier. Instilled ideals of excellence into Texas Rangers.

Born in South Carolina. Came to Republic of Texas 1839. Educated at Old Baylor and Rutersville, where students had to defend school from Indian attacks.

In Civil War, 1861-65, served with Terry's Texas Rangers and Speight's Texas infantry battalion.

Was appointed May 1, 1874, by Governor Richard Coke to organize and field the frontier battalion Texas Rangers. Duty was to stop Indian depredations, bandit raids from Mexico, and lawlessness that resulted from federal reconstruction. At once put six Ranger companies at frontier posts 100 miles apart. In first six months patrolled 22,250 miles.

Defeated Indians in numerous engagements, sending them back to their reservations. Broke up rustling. Brought end to famous and violent outbreaks, including Mason County War, Horrell-Higgins Feud, Kimble County Trouble, El Paso Salt War. In 1878 brought to justice Sam Bass gang of train and bank robbers.

Became Adjutant General of Texas January 1879. In 1880-81 directed tracking down and quieting of Victorio's Apache Indian raiding bands.

Buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin.
HM NumberHMH9S
Marker Number6462
Year Placed1964
Placed ByThe State Historical Survey Committee
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Date Added Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 11:17pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 619172 N 3353744
Decimal Degrees30.30961667, -97.76056667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 18.577', W 97° 45.634'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 18' 34.62" N, 97° 45' 38.04" W
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Area Code(s)512
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2497 W 35th St, Austin TX 78703, US
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