November 9, 2020
Okay, these shenanigans have gone on long enough. Let's wrap this puppy up and get on with our lives.
An Invasion of Ne're-Do-Wells
As the buffalo hunters decimated the great herds on the Llano Estacado (Staked Plains), some of them started drifting west into New Mexico and that's how Pat Garrett ended up in Fort Sumner. Some of these Ne're-do-wells came in with the railroad, like Doc Holliday, who shot and killed Mike Gordon in East Las Vegas on July 19, 1879. The Earp brothers also slithered through Vegas in this same time period. Others, like Joe "Texas Red" Grant arrived at Old Fort Sumner looking to make his name as a hard case. Unfortunately for Grant, he chose the wrong saloon and the wrong drinking mate to mix it up with.
"Bob Boze Bell has captured the beating heart of Billy the Kid."
—Bob Reece, historian.