OF THE DEVIL – 7/17/2018

In Lincoln, Francisco Gomez had just put his coffee on and was going to the outhouse when the erie light appeared in the West. It stopped him in his tracks. The sun was coming up…but in the West? This was evil and had to be of the devil. Francisco Gomez wouldn’t know for two weeks…

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THE MURDER TRIAL OF HENRY FOUNTAIN – 7/9/18

  May 26, 1899, case number 2618, with the Territory of New Mexico versus Oliver Melton Lee (Pic #1) and James Robert Gililland (Pic #2), opened in Hillsboro, New Mexico, in the murder of Henry Fountain. Many believe the trial was fixed because the jury was out less than eight minutes and when they came…

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TRADE WARS, NOTHING NEW – 7/4/18

We turn on the news and we hear the whining about a “Trade War”. We forget it was a trade war that gave birth to this country. In Philadelphia, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, proclaiming the independence of the United States of America from Great Britain. The declaration came 442 days after…

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LIVING HISTORY – 7/4/18

My friend Buckeye Blake sent me this. Arabella is up near Blackwater where the Regulators killed Morton and Baker. Francisco would have been alive when this killing went down. Cold West preformed a CSI at the Killing fields and recovered the spent cartridges from that location fired on that day by the Regulators. From that…

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A TOUCHING COWBOY STORY – 7/2/18

This is the back story of chasing Billy the Kid and is now laughingly part of Billy the Kid history. About the time Cold West was born, I was the mayor of Capitan, New Mexico. (Yeah, the town is still there, smarty pants.) Sheriff Tom Sullivan and I were getting a lot of ink about…

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FAR WEST – 6/30/18

After a painful two-day march, the wounded soldiers from the Battle of the Little Big Horn reach the steamboat Far West. The Far West had been leased by the U.S. Army for the duration of the 1876 campaign against the hostile Sioux and Cheyenne Indians of the Northern Plains. Under the command of Captain Grant…

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THE RALLYING CRY – 6/29/18

Determined to win independence for the Mexican State of Texas, William Travis raises a volunteer army of 25 soldiers and prepares to liberate the city of Anahuac. Born in South Carolina and raised in Alabama, William Travis moved to Mexican-controlled Texas in 1831 at the age of 22. He established a legal practice in Anahuac,…

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THE GOVERNMENT, ALWAYS HELPFUL SINCE 1874 – 6/28/18

The Freedman’s Saving and Trust Company was a private corporation chartered by the U.S. government to encourage and guide the economic development of the newly emancipated African-American communities in the post-Civil War period. The bank became the leading financial institution of African-Americans. At the end of the American Civil War, the poor economic conditions of…

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WHAT IS THIS TELLING US? – 11/17/17

The guy in the middle, sitting, is Jesse Wayne Brazel, he claimed to have shot and killed Pat Garrett. What I want to know – he has his head shaved and they want you to see it. By his tan, you can see he always wears a hat and he has set it down so…

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COUNTERFEIT – 6/21/18

This is a 5 dollar bill printed by counterfeiter William E. Brockway. He was a New York Counterfeiter who printed the money that the Kid and others passed in Lincoln County.

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