Park Ranger James Alexander Cary

Park Ranger James Alexander Cary

United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Saturday, March 12, 1927

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James Alexander Cary

Park Ranger James Cary was shot and killed when he was ambushed by bootleggers on West Mountain in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas.

His body was discovered the next day by other rangers.

Ranger Cary was survived by his wife, 5-year-old son, and 8-month-old daughter.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Arkansas
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

alcohol violation

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James Cary was my great uncle. I too, have the blessing of knowing my uncle, James (Jim) Cary who lives in Dallas. Jim was just a young child when his father's life was taken in the line of duty. I tracked this fateful story by doing our family genealogy. I received a great amount of information regarding my great uncle, the men accused of the act of taking James Cary's life, and the trial. I was able to share the written story with my uncle. I left a copy in Hot Springs shortly before the memorial was dedicated. I appreciate Superintendent Josie Fernandez and each of the National Park Staff for pursuing the story of James Cary and for honoring him with such a humbling memorial. It means so much not to just the family, but to the rangers who followed James.

Nanci Pairett Green
James Cary was my great uncle

March 14, 2017

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