Lampasas Walks: Historic Downtown Lampasas
One of the biggest news stories in Texas in 1877 was the Horrell-Higgins Feud. The Horrell and Higgins families were among the early settlers of Lampasas County.
Tom, Mart, Merritt and Sam Horrell were accused of many crimes, including cattle rustling and murder. Pink Higgins was a trail driver, who would later become famous as a gunfighter. In 1876, Higgins accused Merritt of rustling his cattle, a serious crime on the frontier.
One day in January, Pink Higgins entered the Gem Saloon, walked up to Merritt and shot him, killing him. This was the beginning of a six-month battle between the Horrell brothers and the Pink Higgins camp. The biggest battle took place on the public square in Lampasas in June 1877. A ferocious gun battle lasted about an hour and half. The brothers were arrested and agreed to make peace by sending a letter of reconciliation to the Higgins party. This treaty was the formal end to one of the worst feuds in Texas history.
At the end of the tour, you can go to the Keystone Museum and see pictures of the Horrells and Higgins gangs.
For now, keep walking to the end of the block.