Scott Dyke: The initial dust that led to Lincoln County fight

Scott Dyke: The initial dust that led to Lincoln County fight

By Scott Dyke Much has been written about The Lincoln County battle that raged in New Mexico Territory, a historic confrontation that spawned the legendary Billy the Kid. The origin of this struggle is not so well known. It was about the will of Emil Fritz. In the beginning, it was not about shootouts, but […]

New Mexico hat maker crafts authentic Billy the Kid hat

New Mexico hat maker crafts authentic Billy the Kid hat

TULAROSA, N.M. (KRQE) – Billy the Kid is a tourist draw in parts of New Mexico. Now a New Mexico hat-maker is hoping to capitalize on the outlaw’s fashion sense, namely his hat. The legend of Billy the Kid dates back more than a century, and in every picture that has surfaced of the cowboy […]

1899 – Black Jack Ketchum shot by conductor during train robbery

1899 – Black Jack Ketchum shot by conductor during train robbery

By SoAzNewsX August 16 1878- New Mexico Territory- lawman John Beckwith was involved with a number of shoot-outs, one, on this date, in the home of his hard case father, Henry, who killed his son-in-law, William Johnson, during a wild argument in the ranch house, a fight where John tried to intervene and was almost […]

1887 – Sundance Kid convicted of grand larceny

1887 – Sundance Kid convicted of grand larceny

By SoAzNewsX August 9 1878- Bennett Creek, Idaho- one enlisted man is wounded in fight with Bannock Indians. 1887- Sundance, Wyoming– Harry Longabaugh, aka the Sundance Kid, was convicted of grand larceny. 1944- Actor Sam Elliot was born at Sacramento, CA. You Know My Name (1998), The Hi-Lo Country, Rough Riders (1997), The Ranger, the […]

1878 – Siege at McSween’s home ends; Billy the Kid kills two

1878 – Siege at McSween’s home ends; Billy the Kid kills two

By SoAzNewsX July 19 1867- Dakota Territory (present day Wyoming)- construction began on Fort Fetterman near the North Platte River. 1878- New Mexico Territory- John Selman arrived in the Pecos Valley. His gang called the “Selman Scouts” are cattle rustlers. In 1895 Selman kills John Wesley Hardin. 1878- Lincoln, New Mexico Territory– the siege at […]

Did Billy the Kid really die in a shootout?

Did Billy the Kid really die in a shootout?

From The Westerner Blog He went by many names — Henry McCarty, William Henry Bonney and, most notably, Billy the Kid. The infamous Old West outlaw was first arrested at 16. At the age of 18, he shot and killed a man during an altercation at an army camp in Arizona. At 21, he was […]

1881 – Tombstone-Benson stage robbery thwarted

1881 – Tombstone-Benson stage robbery thwarted

By SoAzNewsX March 15 1875- Lincoln, New Mexico Territory- A.A. McSween and his wife, Susan, arrive in town and later become major players in the Lincoln County War. 1878- Prescott, Arizona Territory- a soldier convicted of murder is hanged. 1881- Arizona Territory– Gunmen failed in their bloody attempt to rob the Tombstone-Benson stagecoach, part of […]

1884 – Bisbee Massacre hangings

1884 – Bisbee Massacre hangings

By SoAzNewsX March 8 1878- New Mexico Territory- the Regulators with their prisoners Morton and Baker, bunk at John Chisum’s South Spring River ranch. Here the Regulators learn that J.J. Dolan has organized an even larger posse looking for them. 1879- Lincoln, New Mexico Territory- Governor Lew Wallace attends a citizen’s meeting at the Lincoln […]

1881 – Pat Garrett captures Billy the Kid!

1881 – Pat Garrett captures Billy the Kid!

By SoAzNewsX December 21 1866- A relief party out of Ft. Kearney led by Captain Fetterman, was ordered to rescue the fort’s woodcutting detail but not to leave sight of the post. Capt. William Fetterman, who had once boasted that he could ride through the whole Sioux nation with 80 men, ignored the orders and […]

1868 – James-Younger gang robs bank, kills former Union captain

1868 – James-Younger gang robs bank, kills former Union captain

By SoAzNewsX December 7 1863- Montana Territory- a member of the “innocents”, George Ives, robs and kills Nick Thiebalt in Ruby Valley 1868- Gallatin, Missouri– the James-Younger Gang rob Davies County Savings Bank only getting $500. During the robbery former Union captain John W. Sheets is shot in the head and the chest by Jesse. […]

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