“THE OTHER BILLY THE KID”

Tombstone Shooutout

— A RESERVATION FOR BOOTHILL      — On a quiet morning in the fall of 1882, a couple of hours after sunrise, the sound of gunfire echoed through the streets of Tombstone, Arizona, ending a bitter argument between two men.    

Earlier in the day, a drunk and verbally abusive Billy Floyd Claiborne got into a shoving and shouting match with gunman Buckskin Frank Leslie at the Oriental Saloon over politics. […]

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“GUNFIGHT AT STINKING SPRINGS”

PAT GARRETT & BILLY THE KID

— CAPTURING BILLY THE KID — A posse led by Sheriff-elect Pat Garrett waited in hiding along a moonlit road to Fort Sumner, New Mexico, poised to spring an ambush on Billy the Kid and several other outlaws.

Former buffalo hunter Garrett campaigned for the job of Lincoln County Sheriff on a reform ticket in November 1880, vowing to end the lawlessness and violence disrupting southeastern New Mexico.

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“JUSTICE IN SILVER CITY”

Sheriff Whitehill

— FIRST-EVER LAWMAN TO ARREST BILLY THE KID — When the eastbound Southern Pacific rolled into the railroad siding at Gage, New Mexico, late on a Saturday afternoon, four masked men stormed out of hiding and opened fire, killing the engineer and messenger guard.

The bandits—Christopher “Kit” Joy, Mitch Lee, Frank Taggart, and George Cleveland—made off with $518 in coin and $312 in currency.

The […]

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“FALL FROM FAME”

SHERIFF PA GARRETT

— THE AMBUSH OF PAT GARRETT — On a gray and cloud-covered Saturday, Pat Garrett guided his buckboard along Mail-Scott Road toward Las Cruces, New Mexico, toward his Bear Canyon Ranch. Beside him sat Carl Adamson, who expressed interest in buying the property.

The sale, however, involved a complication.

Garrett had leased the ranch to Jesse Wayne Brazel, […]

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