Monterey County Pioneers


Monterey County Historic Bad Guys

Tiburcio Vasquez

At the tender age of 15 Tiburcio Vasques was the owner of a saloon and dance hall in Monterey. In 1837 a dispute with a few American tufts over the mishandling of his women workers, a man was killed. Tiburcio Vasquez escaped from being arrested and become a fugitive. Over the years Tiburcio Vasquez robbed for a living and quickly became a feared bandit. Tiburcio Vasquez and his gang were caught in a robbery that claimed the lives of 3 men in the town of Tres Pinos. He was hanged on March 19, 1875.


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