Intersection of Tarragona Street and Zaragoza Street
When people think of the Wild West, most don’t think of Pensacola. When most people hear the name John Wesley Hardin, they may remember a Bob Dylan album with a very similar name John Wesley Harding. However, the real John Wesley Hardin, without the “g,” was a famous outlaw known for being one of the fastest gunslingers in the West. And on August 24, 1877, Hardin was captured at this intersection in Downtown Pensacola. At the time, Hardin was wanted for the murder of upwards of twenty men, some sources have the number over 70. Law enforcement got word that Hardin was hiding out on the Florida/Alabama border and when Texas Rangers caught up with him, Hardin was on a train to Pensacola. When approached by the lawmen, Hardin drew his gun but it got caught in his suspenders. He was captured and sentenced to prison.