Here each New Year's Eve at midnight for thirty-seven years John J. Clinton, Abilene Chief of Police, emptied his revolver. He began in 1885, decreeing that saloons close at midnight, and that trigger-happy cowboys and townsmen observe the curfew. After saloon era passed, his practice became a commemoration. Ireland-born Clinton was a Confederate soldier; later scout for U.S. Army, was wounded at The Fight for the Water Hole. He was policeman at Dodge City, Kansas, then served Abilene until his death. Men respected him for his courage and integrity. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 1967
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