THE LAST KNOWN PHOTOGRAPH OF
DISCOVERED AFTER MANY YEARS
The last known photograph of Ben Thompson has been discovered after it
was feared it may have been lost forever. This
blood-stained photograph was in the pockets of John King Fisher
when both he and Ben were gunned down in San Antonio's Vaudeville
Theatre on 11th March 1884.
The day after the killings the San Antonio Light reported on
the belongings found on King Fisher's body and this photograph was
among the items discovered.
The photograph, which measures 8 inches by 4 inches and was taken in
the studio of H.R. Marks, of Austin, Texas, was signed and
presented to King Fisher by Ben Thompson on the very day they were
The Last Known Photograph of Ben Thompson
Photograph reproduced courtesy of Mr. Robert McCubbin
The rear of the photograph, signed by Ben Thompson.
Photographed reproduced courtesy of Mr. Robert McCubbin.
Knottingley and Ferrybridge Online played a key role in the discovery of the
We received an e-mail from a resident of San Antonio back in May 2004 who had noticed
the similarity in pictures of Ben Thompson on our website with a
photograph he had been given by a client some fifteen years ago. We
were able to put him in contact with Tom Bicknell in America who referred
him to Bob McCubbin, an expert in nineteenth century photographs of Old
West characters. Mr. McCubbin was able to confirm the photographs rock
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