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Taken 29-Dec-08
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Keywords:Texas Historical Marker, Val Verde County Historical Marker, FitzsimmonsMaher Prizefight
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Dimensions2896 x 1944
Original file size2.6 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken29-Dec-08 09:53
Date modified29-Dec-08 09:53
Shooting Conditions

Camera modelNIKON D60
Focal length26 mm
Focal length (35mm)39 mm
Max lens aperturef/4.3
Exposure1/60 at f/4.5
FlashNot fired
Exposure bias+4 2/3 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Shutter priority
ISO speedISO 100
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x
Fitzsimmons-Maher Prizefight

Fitzsimmons-Maher Prizefight

Val Verde County, Texas
29 48.453' N 101 33.322' W

Text: In 1896, Judge Roy Bean made national headlines with a unique boxing match held at this site. Robert James Fitzsimmons was to fight James J. Corbett, the heavyweight champion, but the Legislature had outlawed boxing in Texas. While promoters sought a new location for the match, Corbett retired, handing the title to Irishman Peter Maher, who soon agreed to fight Fitzsimmons. Bean arranged for spectators, the press and Texas Rangers to travel by train from El Paso to Langtry, where he held the fight on a sandbar on Mexico's side of the Rio Grande; Texas lawmen had no authority there and Mexico had no law enforcement on hand. Fitzsimmons knocked Maher out in 95 seconds, winning the title.