This Week In Texas History


January 2015 - Week 4                                                  AUDIO VERSION

                                                                                                                

THE MURDER STEER

This Week In Texas History...

JANUARY 1891 AND MURDER MAKES IT MARK.


THIS WEEK IN TEXAS HISTORY, BROUGHT TO YOU BY 930 AM THE ANSWER, ALAMO CITY REPUBLICAN WOMEN, AND THE SAVE TEXAS HISTORY PROGRAM OF THE GENERAL LAND OFFICE.


JANUARY 28, 1891. LEONCITA SPRINGS, NEAR ALPINE. AT THE YEARLY ROUNDUP, COWBOYS ARE SORTING CATTLE BY BRAND WHEN THEY FIND AN UNBRANDED STEER.


FINE GILLILAND, A COMPANY COWHAND, SAYS IT BELONGS TO HIS OUTFIT. HENRY POWE, A CIVIL WAR VETERAN, CLAIMS IT AND DRIVES IT TOWARD HIS HERD.


GILLILAND TRIES TO ROPE THE STEER – BUT POWE DRAWS AND FIRES. SOON, POWE LIES DEAD. GILLILAND ESCAPES, BUT IS KILLED TWO DAYS LATER BY A TEXAS RANGER.


AFTER THE SHOOTOUT, THE STEER IS CAUGHT AND BRANDED WITH THE WORD “MURDER”.
LEGEND SAYS IT STILL ROAMS THE PLAINS.


THE MURDER STEER WAS BRANDED, THIS WEEK IN TEXAS HISTORY.


LEARN MORE AT SAVETEXASHISTORY.ORG OR CALL 800-998-4GLO.


This Week In Texas History

Jent, Steven A. 2000. A Browser's Book of Texas History. Republic of Texas Press. Pp 19.