|Death: ||Apr. 5, 1894|
El Paso County
Some book authors have incorrectly listed Bass Outlaw's burial in an unmarked grave at the Concordia Cemetery, in El Paso, Texas. See book: Violence was No Stranger by: James A. Browning.
A search through the original burial ledger (primary source) for Evergreen Alameda Cemetery lists Bass Outlaw as being buried there on April 6, 1894. He was the third person buried in the cemetery. This gravesite for Outlaw is also listed by El Paso County at Evergreen Alameda Cemetery:
Concerning Bass Outlaw's birth date and name:
The January - March 2004 edition of NOLA contains an article written by: Robert W. Stevens which indicates the following: Outlaw was born into a family of wealth in Lee County, Georgia (1) in 1854.(2). "In keeping with his controversial way of life, questions regarding his correct name remain unresolved. He is listed on census records variously as Bazzell, Baselle, and Basil, but he was known to his family as Baz. Because it sounded similar, he was known to many during his service as a Texas Ranger as Bass Outlaw.
Also, "The Encyclopedia of Lawmen, Outlaws, and Gunfighters" by: Leon Claire Metz (renowned El Paso Historian), pg 189 indicates that Bass Outlaw was buried in the Evergreen Alameda Cemetery, El Paso, Texas.
"The Officer Down Memorial Page" also provides the following information concerning Outlaw's burial location:
"Bass Outlaw was buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in El Paso. His tombstone reads: "B. L. Outlaw, 1854-1894, 1st Sgt Co D. F. B., State Forces, Dpy U.S. Marshal."
Findagrave volunteer, Laurel Indalecio visited the Evergreen Cemetery and obtained a photograph of the ledger entry which shows Bass Outlaw was the third person buried there on April 6, 1894. Indalecio also learned from cemetery personel, that the original marker was replaced approximately ten years ago by a relative of Outlaw.
HOPEFULLY THIS WILL CLEAR UP THE ISSUE OF WHERE BASS OUTLAW IS ACTUALLY BURIED.
Bass Outlaw, a former Texas Ranger Sgt, shot and killed Texas Ranger Private McKidrict. Outlaw was then a deputy U.S. Marshal. Outlaw created a disturbance at a bordello in El Paso, Texas, and was chasing the madam, who was blowing her whistle to alert police.
Private McKidrict and El Paso County Precinct 1 Constable John Selman knew Outlaw and tried to calm him down. Private McKidrict asked him why he had shot his gun. Outlaw responded and then shot Private McKidrict in the head and back, killing him instantly.
Outlaw then fired at the constable, nearly striking him in the face. The constable returned fire, striking Outlaw in the chest, mortally wounding him. Outlaw was able to fire one more shot, striking the constable in the leg. Bass Outlaw was buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in El Paso. His tombstone reads: "B. L. Outlaw, 1854-1894, 1st Sgt Co D. F. B., State Forces, Dpy U.S. Marshal."
Constable John Selman, was put on trial for killing Outlaw, but the judge instructed the jury to find him not guilty. Selman shot and killed the infamous outlaw John Wesley Hardin while he was playing cards in a saloon on August 19, 1895. While awaiting trial for that murder, Selman was shot and killed by Deputy U.S. Marshal George Scarborough on April 5, 1896, two years to the day of the shooting that killed McKidrict and Outlaw.
(1) This information appears on his Descriptive List, which was prepared at the time of his enlistment in the Texas Rangers, Texas State Archives.
(2) The 1860 census of Lowndes County, Georgia, the 1870 census of Echols County, Georgia, and the 1873 census of the town of Statenville, Georgia, all reflect this year.
Note* Burial locations for other parties related to this incident:
Joe McKidrict / Oakwood Cemetery, Austin, Texas.
John Selman / Concordia Cemetery, El Paso, Texas.
Headstone reads: "B. L. Outlaw, 1854-1894, 1st Sgt Co D. F. B., State Forces, Dpy U.S. Marshal."
Note: Cemetery personel advise that a relative of Outlaw replaced the original headstone approximately ten years ago.
Evergreen Alameda Cemetery
El Paso County
Plot: Section U, Plot 78, Space 1
GPS (lat/lon): 31.77304, -106.43788
Created by: C. Fahey
Record added: Jun 25, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27824309