Bigfoot LbNA # 66525 (ARCHIVED)
|Placed Date||Feb 16 2014|
|Location||Huntsville State Park, Huntsville, TX|
William A. A. “Bigfoot” Wallace was born 3 April 1817 in Lexington, Virginia. He was a descendant of the Scottish Highlanders William Wallace and Robert Bruce. After learning that a brother and a cousin had been killed in the Goliad Massacre, Wallace went to Texas to "take pay out of the Mexicans." He tried farming near La Grange, but soon tired of that occupation. He found Austin too populated for his tastes and eventually moved to San Antonio. He was a member of the Texian Army which fought General Adrian Woll's invading Mexican army near San Antonio in 1842. He then volunteered for the Somervell and Mier expeditions. He was a prisoner in the Perote Prison, surviving the "black bean" incident. Following his release, Wallace joined the Texas Rangers under Jack Hays, serving until the outbreak of the Mexican War. He was a big man in his prime, probably 6’ 2” and 240 pounds and must have had unusually big feet. He was a Lieutenant in Capt. R. A. Gillespie's Company of Texas Mounted Volunteers in the United States Army during the War. He again served as a Ranger during the 1850s, fighting border bandits as well as Indians. Wallace's tracking skills were often put to use trailing runaway slaves trying to get to Mexico. He also drove a mail hack between San Antonio and El Paso. On one occasion, after losing his mules to Comanches, he walked to El Paso and ate 27 eggs at the first Mexican house he came to, before going on to town for a full meal. During the Civil War Wallace stayed in Texas to help protect the frontier from depredations by Indians, deserters, and Union soldiers. Wallace's later years were spent in Frio County, Texas near the small community of Bigfoot. He was a mellow and convivial soul who liked to sit in a roomy rawhide-bottome chair in the shade of his shanty and tell over the stories of his career. Wallace was personally honest but liked to stretch the blanket and embroider his stores, like most good Texans. He died on 7 January 1899 and is buried in the State Cemetery in Austin, Texas. He was one of the “nice” guys.
Park t the Nature Center and take the Chinquapin Trail for about a half a mile to its intersection with the Lone Star Trail where you will find a bench. Turn right onto the LST and take about 15 steps. On your right, near the trail, you will see a pine tree with a multi-trunk tree growing very close to it. On the ground between he two trees you will find the Bigfoot box.