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Near Fort Sumner in De Baca County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Old Fort Sumner and “Billy the Kidís” Grave
 
Old Fort Sumner and "Billy the Kid's" Grave Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Ron Pounds, June 20, 2007
1. Old Fort Sumner and "Billy the Kid's" Grave Marker
 
Inscription. Fort Sumner was established in 1862 to guard the Navajo and Apaches on the Bosque Redondo reservation. It was discontinued as a military post in 1868 and the buildings and site sold to Lucien B. Maxwell. William "Billy the Kid" Bonney was killed here by Sheriff Pat Garrett the night of July 14, 1881. Bonney is buried in the nearby cemetery.
 
Location. 34° 24.253′ N, 104° 11.593′ W. Marker is near Fort Sumner, New Mexico, in De Baca County. Marker is on Billy the Kid Road (New Mexico Route 272) near New Mexico Route 212. Click for map. Marker is in front of the Old Fort Sumner Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3501 Billy the Kid Rd, Fort Sumner NM 88119, United States of America.
 
Also see . . .  The Teenage Outlaw of the Southwest. “In legend, Billy the Kid has been described as a vicious and ruthless killer, an outlaw who died at the age of twenty-one, not before raising havoc in the New Mexico Territory. It was said he took the lives of twenty-one men, one for each year of his life, the first one when he was just twelve years old. He was a rebel without a cause who killed without reason, other then to see his victims kick. These and many more accusations of callous acts are examples of the myth of Billy the Kid. In real form, the Kid was not the cold-blooded killer he has been portrayed as, but a young man who lived in a violent dog-eat-dog world, where knowing how to use a gun was the difference between life and death.” (Submitted on April 13, 2011.) 
 
William Henry McCarty, Jr. "Billy the Kid"<br>a.k.a. William H. Bonney (1859–1881) Photo, Click for full size
Ben Wittick (from Wikipedia Commons)
2. William Henry McCarty, Jr. "Billy the Kid"
a.k.a. William H. Bonney (1859–1881)
 
 
Billy the Kid's headstone. Photo, Click for full size
By Ron Pounds, June 20, 2007
3. Billy the Kid's headstone.
The headstone has been stolen on a couple of occasions.
 
 
Billy the Kid's grave. Photo, Click for full size
By Ron Pounds, June 20, 2007
4. Billy the Kid's grave.
Because of vandalism, the entire grave site has been secured with an iron cage.
 
 
Billy the Kid's grave information marker. Photo, Click for full size
By Ron Pounds, June 20, 2007
5. Billy the Kid's grave information marker.
Billy the Kid's Tombstone was stolen in 1950. For 26 years it remained a mystery until 1976, when it was recovered in Granbury, Texas by Joe Bowlin.
Stolen again on Feb. 8 1981. Recovered Feb. 12 in Huntington Beach, Calif.
Gov. Bruce King arranged for De Baca County Sheriff "Big John" McBride to fly to Los Angeles, Calif. via Texas International Airlines to return the marker.
Chamber officials with Jarvis P. Garrett officially reset the marker in iron shackles May 30, 1981.
Old Fort Sumner Museum
Contains Historical Documents of Billy the Kid & Pat Garrett
 
 
The area where Billy the Kid was killed. Photo, Click for full size
By Ron Pounds, June 20, 2007
6. The area where Billy the Kid was killed.
The actual building where Billy the Kid died was washed away when the Pecos river flooded. However, this is the spot where the building stood.
 
 
The area where the building stood overlooking the Pecos river. Photo, Click for full size
By Ron Pounds, June 20, 2007
7. The area where the building stood overlooking the Pecos river.
The area where the building stood in which Billy the Kid was killed. The woman in the background is overlooking the bank of the Pecos river.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on March 27, 2009, by Ron Pounds of Whittier, California. This page has been viewed 26,869 times since then. This page was the Marker of the Week May 1, 2011. Photos:   1. submitted on March 27, 2009, by Ron Pounds of Whittier, California.   2. submitted on April 13, 2011, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on March 27, 2009, by Ron Pounds of Whittier, California. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
 
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