I am living in New Mexico again--I love the American Southwest! There is so much to see here. As I discussed earlier, my husband and I drove through Lincoln County, New Mexico earlier this year. Lincoln County was once the largest county in New Mexico.
Lincoln County is also the place where Henry McCarty, a.k.a. Billy the Kid, worked for cattleman and banker John Tunstall. When Tunstall was murdered, his ranch foreman, Dick Brewer, formed a posse called the Regulators to hunt down Tunstall's killer, William Morton, and Billy the Kid was a member of this posse. This was the start of the Lincoln County War, which is discussed in detail on our favorite website, Legends of America.
Billy the Kid was shot and killed by Pat Garrett at the home of Pete Maxwell in Fort Sumner, New Mexico where Billy the Kid is buried. Pete Maxwell inherited this home, and ranch, from his father, Lucien Maxwell. Lucien Maxwell was once the largest landowner in the world with 1,714,765 acres in New Mexico and what is now Colorado!
I was thrilled to learn today that the story of Billy the Kid is now part of the award-winning AMERICAN EXPERIENCE documentary series. Billy the Kid, a 60 minute show, will premiere on January 10 at 9/8 Central on PBS. The Billy the Kid premiere will kick off a month-long "Wild West" collection on AMERICAN EXPERIENCE.
I have always enjoyed the AMERICAN EXPERIENCE series. AMERICAN EXPERIENCE has received every major broadcast award, and they were well-deserved. The series received 24 Emmy Awards,four DuPont-Columbia Awards, and 14 George Foster Peabody Awards. This past season, its premiere of Freedom Riders drew critical acclaim along with three Primetime Emmys for Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming, Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming, and Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking.
I will post reminders about this show as we grow closer to the time of the premiere, but until then, you may want to check out these websites for more information:
Billy the Kid website
Billy the Kid Film Trailer
Billy the Kid, Chapter 1
Billy the Kid Timeline
Billy the Kid Photo gallery
Billy the Kid Bonus Video