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Now that New Mexico finally has a statue of Pat Garrett, our state’s best known lawman, Lincoln County War researcher Mike Pitel notes that the score on Billy the Kid statues is Texas: 2, New Mexico: 0.
We recently mentioned San Elizario, Texas, just down the river from El Paso, has erected a Billy the Kid statue in its business district designed to increase tourist traffic to the village. Then there is a statue of the Kid and a small museum in Hico, Texas and a grave marker in nearby Hamilton, Texas.
Hico, pronounced High-co, claims that local character William Henry Roberts was really Billy the Kid. According to promoters of that story, the Kid and Sheriff Pat Garrett conspired to kill someone else and split the $500 reward offered by Gov. Lew Wallace. Garrett claimed the entire reward but Gov. Wallace never paid off.
Roberts also went by other names. After a cousin named Oliver P. died, Roberts took the name Ollie and sometimes used “L” as middle initial. He also went by Brushy Bill after coming up with the claim he was Billy the Kid.
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