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Elfego Baca

Mexican American Folk Hero. He became known as a fearless lawman in the New Mexico Territory during the late 1800's. Many settlers from Texas moved into New mexico Territory. Cultural conflicts between the Texans and the Mexican Americans reached a peak with violence as the result. The Texans bullied the Mexican Americans and often robbed or murdered them. Baca became famous for his part in an incident in the town of Upper Frisco, now known as Reserve. in 1884 Baca, who was deputy sheriff, arrested a drunken cowboy for firing gunshots throughout the town. A group of Texans attempted to free the prisoner. Baca killed one of the Texans and took refuge in a small hut. Approximately 80 men fired shots into the hut for more than 30 hours, but they did not hit Baca. Baca surrendered to the group only after being promised a fair trial. He was found innocent. Baca later became sheriff of Socorro County. He practiced law in New Mexico from 1894 until his death on Aug 27, 1945.

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  • Originally Created by: DianeMolina
  • Added: 10 Jul 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7673426
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elfego Baca (10 Feb 1865–27 Aug 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7673426, citing Sunset Memorial Park, Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .