Santa Cruz County History - People

A Walk Through Time: Robert Majors
by Janet Krassow and
by Randy Krassow

Robert "Bob" Majors, a descendent of the famous Castro family, is regarded as one of the most brave and quick-witted lawman who ever wore a badge in Santa Cruz County. Majors first made a name for himself in 1871 when the infamous bandito Tiburcio Vasquez rode, with his outlaw gag, in to Santa Cruz. After being denied admittance into a local brothel, the gang charged wildly through town shooting up everything in their way, including policeman Robert Liddell. Several days later, Majors led a posse to Vine Hill where the gang was holed up. In the fight that ensued, the steel-nerved deputy stood fast and exchanged shots with ex-convict Francisco Barcenas. When the smoke cleared, Barcenas lay dead on the ground, while Majors walked away unscathed.

Twenty years later, however, another shootout ended Bob Majors' career. While standing in front of a Pacific Avenue saloon, his long simmering dispute with James Harrris suddenly burst into gunplay. The two exchanged shots at point blank range. Harris was killed immediately while Majors lingered on for nine months before dying of his wounds on November 11, 1893.

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