Johnny Ringo is most famous for tangling with Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday in Tombstone, Arizona, but he was a familiar figure on the streets of Fredericksburg, Mason, and Burnet. He knew the Texas Hill Country like the back of his hand.
John Peters Ringo was born in Indiana in 1850. He was related by marriage to Cole Younger of the James-Younger Gang.
As a young man Ringo drifted between Indiana and California before crash landing in Blanco County, Texas in November 1874.
Biographer David Johnson called Ringo a “recklessly brave man” with an unshakable frontier loyalty to his friends. His devotion to his pals got him into all kinds of trouble.
His first brush with the law came on December 25, 1874 when he got drunk at a Christmas party in Burnet and fired a pistol shot across the square. The sheriff arrested him for disorderly conduct.
The Nimitz Hotel Today (well, yesterday)
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