The Lawman - Texas Governors Series  LbNA # 32843

OwnerBoots Tex    
Placed DateJul 9 2007
LocationWaco, TX
Found ByWalksfar
Last UpdateJul 4 2013


Lawrence Sullivan Ross was the 19th governor of Texas and served the term from January 18, 1887 to January 20, 1891. Although born in Iowa on September 27, 1838, Sul Ross became a Texan before his first birthday, when his family settled in Milam County. The family moved to Austin in 1846 and Waco in 1849, where Ross' father was U.S. Indian agent on the Brazos Reservation. Ross attended Baylor University and graduated from Wesleyan University in Florence, Alabama. In 1860 the ranger company which he commanded recaptured Cynthia Ann Parker. During the Civil War, Ross fought in 135 battles or skirmishes, rising to command Ross' Brigade as brigadier general. He farmed near Waco until he was elected sheriff of McLennan County in 1873, achieving a reputation for effectiveness. In his two years in office he ended a reign of terror and helped form the Sheriff’s Association of Texas. He urged needed reforms and helped write the document that governs Texas today, the constitution of 1876. Ross was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention of 1875 and a state senator in 1881-1882. He easily won the governor's chair in 1886. During his terms in office, progress was made in the sale and leasing of public lands, the regulation of railroads, and the establishment of eleemosynary institutions, and a state prohibition amendment was defeated. Ross' second inauguration took place in the new state capitol building. In 1891 he became president of Texas A&M College, ending an eight-year vacancy in that post. Ross died near Bryan, Texas on January 3, 1898.

This letterbox is located in Oakwood Cemetery in Waco. To get there from I-35, take Exit 335A and turn east onto S. University Parks Dr. Go to La Salle Ave. (Hwy. 77) and turn right. When you get to S. 5th St., turn left and drive into the cemetery. Inside the cemetery, this street is called Lacy St. This street is apparently a short-cut through the cemetery and there was a lot of traffic when we were here, so be discreet.

To the box::
Enter the cemetery on Lacy St. Turn right on Cameron and look for the Texas Flag on your left, in the second row of graves. Park here. Sul Ross lies beneath that flag, so pay him a visit. When you are ready to find the box, stand in the street even with Mr. Ross and continue walking in the direction from whence you came for about 60 steps. Look to the right for Capt. J. D. Morrow’s grave marker, then past it to a cedar tree by the grave of Richard O. Burnham. The Lawman lies at the base of that tree under rocks and debris. In order for this box to survive for the next finder, you must replace and recover it well.