Today in 1817, William Alexander Anderson “Bigfoot” Wallace was born in Lexington, VA. He arrived in Texas during the Texas Revolution after hearing that his brother and cousin had died at Goliad in 1836.
He settled in Texas in 1837 and was misidentified as an Indian named “Bigfoot,” who had robbed a home. He was cleared as innocent, but the nickname stuck … especially since he was 6’2” and 240 pounds. That was big back then!
Bigfoot fought the invading Mexican army near San Antonio in 1842 and volunteered for the Somervell and Mier expeditions. He was a lucky man surviving the “Black Bean Lottery” in 1843 by choosing a white bean in the 1:10 ratio against him. After his release from a Mexican prison prison, he joined the Texas Rangers under Jack Hays and fought in the Mexican War. He later commanded a Ranger company of his own.
He spent his “retirement” years in Frio County near a hamlet named Bigfoot (his namesake), sharing stories of his life until he passed away in 1899. Bigfoot is buried at the State Cemetery in Austin, TX.
“Never drop your gun to hug a grizzly.” ~ Texas Bix Bender, Author “Don’t Squat With Yer Spurs On”