Bandera County, Texas Drowning, 1861


Many of the early settlers of Bandera county remember the drowning of Thomas Riggs in the Medina river below Bruin Creek some time in 1861.  The river was on a big rise and it seems that Riggs, who was an expert swimmer, attempted to go across to look after some stock on the other side. He may have been taken with cramps, for he was seen to go under and failed to come up.  Searchers found his body the next day lodged in a drift.  George Hay, O. B. Miles, Thad Ryan and others went from Bandera to assist in the burial.

Pioneer history of Bandera county, seventy-five years of intrepid history, 1922, page 122