On the Trail of Billy the Kid
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After a hearty breakfast at Price's Rest Stop and a few early morning photos of downtown Roswell, I continued west before the high desert winds kicked up and temperatures rose. The sun was at my back. An hour later, I idled into Lincoln, New Mexico, looking for Billy the Kid. The small ghost town, neatly tucked in the Rio Bonito River valley, has been nicely restored to its 1870-80 appearance. I pulled up to a low-profile adobe building which served as the visitors information center. A $5 admission ticket gave me access to the museum - located in the same building - and to four other buildings along the single road through town, including the old courthouse.
Built in 1873 as the Murphy-Dolan Store which eventually failed, the building was purchased by the county of Lincoln and converted into the courthouse, sheriff's office, and county jail.
No western outlaw had been the subject of more books written or movies made than Billy the Kid.
Exhibits, displays, photographs, and documents in many of the restored buildings at the Lincoln State Monument (the state's most visited) convey nicely the expansion of the New Mexico Territory, the Lincoln County War, and the wild, wild west.