Going to Lincoln, New Mexico this week for the Billy the Kid Pageant. Did a painting for the museum. This was done from a field sketch.
Daily Whip Out: "The Notorious Lincoln Pit Jail."
The pit jail was essentially a hole in the ground with a house built on top of it. The jailer lived in one end and the other end had a trap door that led to a cellar type jail. Because the area is down by the Rio Bonito River, and is surrounded by an irrigation ditch, the water table was a constant problem and the cell often flooded, making it quite uncomfortable for the inmates. But they did have running water!
I also had fun with this one.
Daily Whip Out: "Dusty"
... and here, in the middle of the mountains of the desert, these guys had to worry about DROWNING. To this day, during a heavy rain, the water comes down in torrents off of the mountains to the south, and that is not even considering the rising of the Rio Bonito... personally, I've always wondered what sort of creepy, crawly things would also inhabit the pit -- sometimes to escape the waters themselves... yikes.ReplyDelete