A trivial incident on board a Central Texas passenger train on Jan. 20, 1894, set in motion a series of violent events that led to a three-week manhunt and four fresh graves in the cemetery.

The dominoes began to fall when a conductor booted DeWitt “Dee” Braddock off a train in Colorado County for refusing to pay the fare. The hot-tempered freeloader chunked the nearest rock at the ticket taker as the train pulled away and then fired a single shot through the sleeping car.

Bartee Haile writes This Week In Texas History which appears every Sunday. He welcomes your comments and questions barteehaile@gmail.com or P.O. Box 130011, Spring, TX 77393 and invites you to visit his website at barteehaile.com.

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