Pink Higgens – Texas Gunfighter


John Calhoun Pinckney "Pink" Higgens

John Calhoun Pinckney “Pink” Higgens

John Calhoun Pinckney “Pink” Higgens (1848-1914) – Pink was born in Georgia but moved with his family to Texas when he was just a boy. They first settled near Austin before establishing a ranch in Lampasas County in 1857. When he grew up, he worked at a variety of occupations including owning a meat market and saloon. During this time he also honed his shooting skills fighting Indians and was briefly an officer in the Ku Klux Klan. By the early 1870s he was driving herds of cattle to the Kansas railheads and on at least one occasion, combined his herd with that of the Horrell brothers, who ranched nearby.

In March, 1873 the Horrells were involved in a saloon shootout with Texas State police in Lampasas, in which three law officers were killed. Also killed was Pink’s son-in-law and soon, a vicious feud between the two families erupted, referred to as the Horrell-Higgins Feud. Over a several year period, several shooting scrapes occurred, finally culminating in a shoot-out in the Lampasas town square on June 14, 1877 in which several men were killed. A few more skirmishes occurred before the feud was said and done.

Around the turn of the century, Higgins moved his ranch south of Spur, Texas. He continued his gunfighting ways and was said to have killed between 14-18 men during his lifetime. He died at his ranch of a heart attack on December 18, 1914.

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