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Some of the Texas sheriff's badges that Michaux Nash has
assembled are in a collection at the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame
in Waco. Below is an inventory of those badges :
1-Badge, Deputy Sheriff, Kaufman County
1- Badge, Sheriff Sutton County
1-Badge, Sheriff, Young County
1- Badge, Sheriff, Smith County
Badge, Deputy Shriff Bexar Count d shield
1 Badge, ber ty M in County
;1- Badge, puty Sheriff, Ector County silver, sixpointedstar
1- Badge, Sheriffd sta ker
1- Badge, MaLibericty County
1-Badge, Deputy Sheriff Ector County, silver, sixfvpointed
1- Badge, Deputy Shert et, oloao County, silr,
silver, five-pointed star
1- Badge, Maverickff DepartmeCount, Deput Wharton
1- Badge, Deputy Sheriff Burleson County, silver,
1- Badge, Sherff Department, Galveston County,xas
1- Badge, SherLubbockf DCouepartment, Deputy Wharton
1- Badge, Deputy Sheriff ctori County, silver,
1- Bage, Lubbock Conty
1- Badge, Deputy Sherff, Victoria County, silver,
five-pointed star ::
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1- Badge, Deputy Sheriff Reeves County silver, fivepointed
1- Badge, Lamar County
1- Badge, Deputy Sheriff Orange County, silver
- Badge, Honorary Deputy Sheriff Howard County,
silver, round with cut-out five-pointed star
1- Badge, Deputy Sheriff, Wise County, silver, fivepointed
1- Badge, Deputy Sheriff, Harris County, silverfivepointed
1- Badge, Deputy Sheriff, Midland County, silver,
1- Badge, Deputy Sheriff, Scurry County, silver and
gold, six-pointed star
1- Badge, Deputy Sheriff Polk County, silver, fivepointed
1- Badge, Deputy Sheriff, Hale County, gold, fivepointed
1- Badge, Deputy Sheriff, aylor County, silver, fivepointed
1- Badge, Zapata County
- Badge, Aransas County
1-Badge, Sherff Department, Cocran County,
gold, five-pointed star
THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE
"I was at bank president and friend,
Bum Bego's bank in Goliad," Nash said.
"Bum and I decided to make a field trip
to the site where General Santa Anna's
Mexican forces had massacred Texan
Colonel James Fannin and his men on
March 27, 1836.
"We were looking around when the
sheriff drove up. 'I have a note due with
the bank tomorrow,' the sheriff advised
the banker. Can I renew it?' 'Yes,' Bum
said, 'but take off your badge and give
it to Mr. Nash here. He's been trying to
reach you for years."'
A PURSUIT BORNE OF PASSION
For Nash, whose love of law enforcement
is a true passion, collecting all of
the state's sheriffs' badges represents an
odyssey into the annals of Texas history.
It provides a rare glimpse of the brave men
and women behind that tiny metal badge,
the heroes who wore the star during the
commission of their official duties.
The Nash Collection symbolizes years
of life-and-death Texas struggles, played
out by real, flesh-and-blood law enforcement
officers-Texas sheriffs-and one
banker's undying efforts to preserve those
memories beneath glass. For his efforts,
Texans owe Michaux Nash Jr. a debt of
gratitude. Next time you're in his Dallas
neighborhood, stop by the bank and ask
to see the collection. Nash will be glad
Stephen Stainkamp is a Plano-based outdoor
writer and author of Glory Days: Life
with the Dallas Cowboys, 1973-1998,
from Taylor Trade Publishing.
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