Billy the Kid photo

This ferrotype photograph, the only existing photo of Billy the Kid, is a mirror image of the outlaw.

In October I moved my family to Texas.  Traveling between Salt Lake City, Utah and San Antonio, Texas can be quite boring and I should know after driving it 4 times in 3 weeks.  On one of my jaunts across the vast wasteland that is known as New Mexico I saw a sign for Billy the kids grave. I saw both the Young Gun movies I am aware of Billy the Kid and the Lincoln County wars.  So I took a mental note as to where this place was… Fort Sumner, NM… thinking one day I will stop and check it out for laughs. Its American history and I am now in my 40’s and can legitimately stop for crap like this.

Ten day’s later on my trek back to Utah for a few weeks, I decided to take an alternate route and see a different section of Texas and to visit Billy the Kids grave.  Google Maps said it could be done by only adding on about 13 extra miles.  So on October 12, 2013 I paid my respects to Billy the Kid.

Fort Sumner, NM is about 130 miles south east of Albuquerque, NM. Its a tiny little hamlet in the middle of now where.  The cemetery is about 5 miles south of the main highway right smack dab in the middle of farmland.

William H. Bonney (born William Henry McCarty, Jr. c. November 23, 1859 – c. July 14, 1881), better known as Billy the Kid and also known as Henry Antrim, was a 19th-century Irish American gunman who participated in the Lincoln County War and became a frontier outlaw in the American Old West. According to legend, he killed 21 men, but it is generally believed that he killed between four and nine. He killed his first man in 1877 at the age of 17, although he could have been as young as 15. Source: Wikipedia

According to Pat Garrett, McCarty was buried in Fort Sumner’s old military cemetery the day after he was killed, between his fallen companions Tom O’Folliard and Charlie Bowdre.

Lucien Boneparte Maxwell was at the time the largest land owner in the United States.

Pete Maxwell was the son of Lucien and owner of the home where Billy the kid was killed.

Billy the Kid’s grave information marker.

Billy the Kid’s Tombstone was stolen in 1950. For 26 years it remained a mystery until 1976, when it was recovered in Granbury, Texas by Joe Bowlin.
Stolen again on Feb. 8 1981. Recovered Feb. 12 in Huntington Beach, Calif.
Gov. Bruce King arranged for De Baca County Sheriff “Big John” McBride to fly to Los Angeles, Calif. via Texas International Airlines to return the marker.
Chamber officials with Jarvis P. Garrett officially reset the marker in iron shackles May 30, 1981.

Old Fort Sumner Museum
Contains Historical Documents of Billy the Kid & Pat Garrett





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