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The Bentonville Anti-Horse Thief Society
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Originally a vigilante group, the Bentonville Anti-Horse Thief Society was formed here in March 1853 by area landowners to recover stolen horses and mules and to prosecute thieves. Horse theft was a serious offense in the antebellum era. Trustees nominated a captain and riders, who received a $10 reward upon the capture of a thief or stolen horse. As horses lost their former importance in society in the early 1900s, the organization evolved into a social club. Its annual banquet, held each April, celebrates the continuity of this Adams County tradition.
NE Corner of OH 41 and Texas Street
Bentonville, OH 45144
Latitude: 38.7514060, Longitude: -83.6114130.
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