Lou and Bonnie Janelle (LBJ) Photography: Blog http://lbjphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Lou and Bonnie Janelle (LBJ) Photography info@lbjphoto.com (Lou and Bonnie Janelle (LBJ) Photography) Sat, 04 Mar 2017 13:24:00 GMT Sat, 04 Mar 2017 13:24:00 GMT http://lbjphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u785566384-o873398718-50.jpg Lou and Bonnie Janelle (LBJ) Photography: Blog http://lbjphotography.com/blog 120 80 Leaving Las Cruces, NM http://lbjphotography.com/blog/2017/3/leaving-las-cruces-nm February 28, 2017

Leaving Las Cruces

“Boo hoo!” Good bye to the beautiful Organ Mountains, the constant sun, the desert hikes, but more importantly to the “warmth” emanating from the people we have met here. The twice-weekly meetings of the Dona Ana Wood Carvers became an integral part of our month in Las Cruces. We looked forward to our Wednesday and Friday mornings like a kid anticipating Christmas morning. Until we meet again next year, Las Cruces, we have “warm fuzzies” in the pit of our stomaches. We will miss you!

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Take a hike ... http://lbjphotography.com/blog/2017/2/take-a-hike February 15-22, 2017

Week 3 Las Cruces, NM


Our goal this week was to conquer the “A” Mountain—named such because of a big white-washed “A” at the top. It is also referred to as the Tortugas Mountain because in Spanish the word means “turtle”, and from the air, the form of the mountain looks like a turtle. By conquering the mountain we mean finding the “right” trail among the myriad branch trails to circumnavigate the mountain! From our earliest attempts when the altitude caused us to be winded within 15 minutes to our latter attempts when the trail took us into the desert, we finally made it around the 4-mile trail on our 4th attempt. What a victory! https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/1185553/a-mountain-tortuga-trail

However, our most interesting hike was a paleontologist-led hike into the Prehistoric Trackways National Monument. This is a hidden gem, and quite frankly it is pretty inaccessible. Viewing the fossil tracks from 280 million years ago was pretty phenomenal. Thanks to Pat and Susan who suggested this hike and to their friends, Fred and Betsy—all of whom have become our hiking buddies—we learned a lot from Colin Dunn, one of the few paleontologists assigned to this region. The discovery site doesn't have fossil bones but only contains rocks with fossil tracks. It just so happened there is an entire story about the man who discovered this out-of-the-way site. As a matter of fact, these hills were being mined prior to their protection as a national monument, and its thanks for saving of the discovery site is credited to an avid rock hound, Jerry MacDonald, who had been seeking fossils for 15 years prior to his find in the mid 1980's. At that time he brought Trackways' rocks to a local museum which denied their authenticity, but he was persistent and pursued authentication with the Smithsonian which verified those Trackways fossils as “the real deal”. The site was protected as a national monument in 2009. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prehistoric_Trackways_National_Monument

Was it by chance that Jerry MacDonald's son, Noah, visiting from out of state was on this hike? Wow!

Our hike to Dripping Springs just outside Las Cruces always fascinates. It is the site and has ruins of an old resort/hotel which flourished in the 1890's and early 1900's and then became a tuberculosis sanitarium a couple decades later. Ruins of those two buildings exist but are in disrepair and look like a ghost town.

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Las Cruces Week 2 http://lbjphotography.com/blog/2017/2/las-cruces-week-2 February 8-15, 2017

Week 2 Las Cruces, NM


Extreme Fetishes


LOU: People-watching at the market is one of Lou's favorites. He tries to capture on film the unique!


LOU & BONNIE: Puzzle week! We now know what addiction feels like. Bringing a puzzle from home, we thought it would fill empty moments. However, we found ourselves gravitating toward the puzzle every time we walked in the door looking for “the piece”.


BONNIE: Although our generation has calmed a great deal, emotions ran high for us young baby boomers: a constant threat of nuclear war when we were children; race riots when we were in our teens; Vietnam demonstrations and flag burnings in our 20's. (Have things really changed that much?) Enter: Neil Diamond, a lyricist who captured our hearts and put into words an era. Attending a Neil Diamond Tribute band concert https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aP1mN7N8KXg this week showed a very different audience from the audience down Memory Lane. The youngest people at the concert were the ones on stage—by a long shot! Heart strings were plucked though; rewind from today back 38 years. Jeremy, aged 4, asks, “Mom, can I pick your flowers?” Bonnie knows where this is going! “Yes!” Jeremy disappears. Proudly, he returns holding out a handful of favorite flowers for acceptance. In the background is playing one of many of Bonnie's Neil Diamond albums:

And baby, I remember
All the things you taught me
I learned how to laugh
And I learned how to cry
Well I learned how to love
Even learned how to lie
You'd think I could learn
How to tell you goodbye
'Cause you don't bring me flowers anymore”

Neil Diamond

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Las Cruces / Week One http://lbjphotography.com/blog/2017/2/las-cruces-/-week-one February 1-7, 2017

Week 1 Las Cruces, NM

We love this sunshine. Days begin on the cold side with temperatures falling into the 30's or 40's at night, but most afternoon temperatures rise to the mid-to-high 60's or even higher. Being at 4,000 ft. above sea level, the Chihuahuan Desert is a mecca for hiking. We would have to hike daily (which we try to do) this month to cover all the trails nearby.  Fortunate enough to meet a couple who introduced us to hiking the Chihuahuan Nature Center at the foot of the Dona Ana Mountains, we were exposed to a whole new set of trails as yet unexplored by us.  This mountain range is a sister range to Las Cruces' crowned jewels, the Organ Mountains.

A reunion for Bonnie and an introduction of Lou to David, our woodcarving guru, proved a fascinating experience. He was working on a cradle doll to hang on the wall of a baby's room when we saw him last Wednesday.  At the wood carvers' next meeting David brought us each a yucca stick so that we could begin. Every Wednesday and Friday morning this month we will be carving, wood burning, and painting. At the end of our first session David surprised Lou by GIVING him a walking stick he had recently made. What a tremendously thoughtful man David is!

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Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas http://lbjphotography.com/blog/2017/2/johnson-space-center-houston-texas January 28, 2017

Johnson Space Center, Houston Texas

“Houston, we have a problem” = message the crew of Apollo 13 relayed to Houston Control when it malfunctioned. “Houston, we have a problem” was the message to AAA when our battery went dead in Lafayette, LA. Apollo 13 and Lou and Bonnie were rescued from disaster. We did make it to the Johnson Space Center. Once inside its gates, we were amazed that the place looked like a college campus—deserted on a Sunday—but still it had squat buildings where you knew brains were working hard within—but maybe not on a Sunday. Saturn V rockets—17 of them (and maybe more) took off during our lifetime with human payload aboard. Other than Neil Armstrong walking on the moon during Apollo 11, those take-offs became everyday occurrences in our lives. Little did we novices know how amazing was the technology—we took them for granted. Every one of them was valuable, as is the international space station, because experiments there and here were and are preparing for the 6-month eventual, manned trip to Mars; its mission is called Orion. That WILL be as amazing as landing on the moon.


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Saturn V rocket ... 342 feet long.

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Day 4 Road Scholar Group http://lbjphotography.com/blog/2017/1/day-4-road-scholar-group January 27, 2017

Road Scholar Cajun Experience in Music, Food, Dance Day 4, Lafayette, LA

We all became honorary Cajuns with certificates to prove it! The one requirement to achieve this honorarium was to try boudin. Not only did Patti, our leader/teacher/coordinator, plan this special treat, but she also bought us a king cake for dessert one night, toted Satsuma mandarin oranges from her tree at home to share with us, supplied us with scarves/gloves for our boat trip, and provided chocolates on our numerous field trips. Being Cajun by birth, she was knowledgable; she thought ahead; and she could even dance the two-step.

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Thank you Dennis for identifying everyone!


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Cajun Country http://lbjphotography.com/blog/2017/1/cajun-country January 26, 2017

Road Scholar Cajun Experience in Music, Food, Dance Day 3, Lafayette, LA

Food! Food has been a key part of each day during our adventure—not just any food, but Cajun food! Crawfish, ettoufee, jambalaya, dirty rice—these are all terms we knew. File, roux, the trinity, corn macque choux, and boudin were all revelations to us.

Music! What a special beat Cajun music has! From enjoying a story-telling fiddler to listening to accordion virtuosos to learning the Cajun Waltz and the two-step, music was a big part of this program. We had the opportunity to try our newly-learned steps to the lively beat of a Cajun band, and it was a hoot to watch the REAL pros—the natives—get up and show us how it was really done. Of course, we had two left feet but toward the end we were finally feeling the beat—yes, feeling the beat but not always stepping to it.

Field Trips! How invigorating it was to see the wildlife on Lake Martin! Although this may have been a favorite, we also took other field trips to absorb the culture of Cajun Country—Shadows on the Teche mansion, McIlhenny Company (Avery Island—tabasco factory), and the folk life village. We were immersed in the culture of the region.

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Accordions and Live Oaks http://lbjphotography.com/blog/2017/1/accordions-and-live-oaks January 25, 2017

Road Scholar Cajun Experience in Music, Food, Dance Day 2, Lafayette, LA

Live oaks—abundant especially on the campus of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette—have a society of their own. The oldest member of the Live Oak Society is the president, and the only human privy to the organization is its honorary chairman charged with record keeping. The dues per year are 25 acorns. We stopped to view the second vice president of the Society—the St. John Cathedral Live Oak. It was majestic!

Later in the day we took a field trip to Martin Accordion, a family-owned accordion factory and repair shop, and there we were entertained by three generations of Martin musicians who played lively (very lively) Cajun music.

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Vermillionville http://lbjphotography.com/blog/2017/1/vermillionville January 24, 2017

Road Scholar Cajun Experience in Music, Food, Dance Day 1, Lafayette, LA

Multiple choice question: Choose the best answer for the term:

Make groceries

a. Cook a meal

b. Throw up

c. Grocery shop

There were 10 of these Cajun terms, and we had to guess their meanings. It's obvious from OUR answers we don't know Cajun! It's just like the Cajun words to the accordion player's tune in the video below. Believe me, if you can't understand them, it's not the speaker on your computer/phone. We couldn't understand them either. I think he was speaking English with a Cajun accent, but we are not really sure.

A delightfully sunny day was spent at the Jean LaFitte Cultural Center and the Folk Life Village in Vermillionville. The Village was a living history of what life was like for the Cajuns and other immigrants landing in Louisiana in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

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Florida Visit http://lbjphotography.com/blog/2017/1/florida-visit January 23, 2017

Silver & Gold Revisited

On our Florida trip in 2012 our blog entry was,

Running through the tapestry of our entire trip, we have weaved memories which can hardly be duplicated. The greatest highlights have been sharing experiences with our family and friends. They are truly the silver and gold which make our tapestry shimmer with life.”

This trip has been no different; it surely is the relationships, the stories, and the love that bind the tapestry together which has covered our entire essence with warmth. Friends and family---they are the best!

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Lake Lucero, White Sands Ntl Monument, NM http://lbjphotography.com/blog/2016/3/lake-lucero-white-sands-ntl-monument-nm February 28, 2016

Lake Lucero

White Sands National Monument

It happens once a month and only once a month. Traveling through the restricted grounds of the White Sands Missile Range, a ranger leads a caravan of cars to Lake Lucero and hikes them ¾ mile into the site of a dry lakebed. During the rainy season in July and August, this Lake Lucero fills, but in February it is a dry gypsum bed. Selenite crystals spike up as shards in and along the lakebed. Selenite is a transparent mineral which looks like mica and which chips easily away from the larger crystal into clear gypsum sheets. Those transparent sheets then deteriorate into the gypsum sand we know as White Sands National Monument.

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Gila Cliff Dwellings http://lbjphotography.com/blog/2016/2/gila-cliff-dwellings February 25, 2016

Gila Cliff Dwellings

Gila National Forest

It's a forty-four mile drive from Silver City to Gila Cliff Dwellings, but it took 1 ¾ hour with hair-pin turns throughout the Gila National Forest. Didn't we do this three weeks ago in a snowstorm driving to Silver City? YES! At least today it was sunny and warm.

Archeologists can only guess about the 40-60 ancient peoples who inhabited these six caves; they only spent about one generation in these dwellings from approximately 1280-1300 AD. Adolph Bandelier, an early archeologist, reported in 1884 that the caves had already been looted and vandalized leaving little evidence of how the people lived and how the dwelling rooms were used. It is believed that due to a drought around 1280. the ancient Mogollon (mo-go-y'on) people migrated from the north to this fertile valley where three forks of the Gila River converge, and thus water was plentiful. Can you imagine raising a toddler at these heights? No wonder they moved on after only one generation.

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Silver City, New Mexico http://lbjphotography.com/blog/2016/2/silver-city-new-mexico February 24, 2016

Silver City, New Mexico

What's the buzz about Silver City? It started out like any other boom town in New Mexico in the late 1800's. The town grew up overnight as soon as silver was discovered in the vast mineral-rich Gila Forest region of New Mexico. Why did Silver City thrive and the other towns die? The town fathers planned Main Street in an arroyo making it a target for spring and summer floods ultimately wiping away the entire commerce district of the community. That couldn't be the reason. Could it be that early town fathers made the town safe from the Apaches? Well, the founder of Silver City was killed at the age of 24 by Apaches in 1883, and the judge and his wife were massacred by a band of Geronimo's Apaches, their 6-year old son being kidnapped and taken to Mexico. So, no, it was a not a safe place.

The speculation is that the establishment of Western New Mexico State University is the reason this settlement survived, and all the others became ghost towns. That's a huge factor because the economy here is based on the premise that this is a mecca for western culture. Yet other university towns across the US are also cultural icons.

Why is Silver City such a draw? It's probably because Silver City has marketed itself as being a tourist destination. It is a hub of the history of this area, but more than that! The city publishes a booklet of driving tours each one having significance from the historic '49'ers gold rush days, Gila's cliff dwellings, and forts to recreational birding, scenery, and biking to economic mining. All of the driving tours are mapped out and have descriptors of minute details giving the viewer a snapshot of the historic moment in time. However, tourism and culture are not the only reasons Silver City is still a “boom town”! Jobs are plentiful here because on the outskirts of town is an active copper mining site. Yes, the Santa Rita Mine is one of the largest open-pit copper mining sites in the US.

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A Weekend in Las Cruces ... http://lbjphotography.com/blog/2016/2/a-weekend-in-las-cruces February 19-21

Las Cruces Weekend

“Everything happens on the weekends,” said one of the women at Silver Sneakers, and this weekend was jam packed. Friday evening was a cabaret show by Gone Girls featuring songs from the 40's-60's especially the Andrews Sisters, and the theme was valentines https://www.facebook.com/gonegirlsnm/.

Saturday was a regional rocket competition in Alamogordo—memories from when Lou and Jeremy built rockets and shot them off in the field behind our place in Wooster. Saturday afternoon was the Gem & Mineral Show at the Ranch and Farm Museum.

Sunday afternoon was Spanish Market featuring lectures, demonstrations, vendors, and entertainment.

Of course, every Saturday is The Market, a weekly draw for us!

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Camp Hope http://lbjphotography.com/blog/2016/2/camp-hope February 19, 2016

Las Cruces, NM

Camp Hope

A visit to Camp Hope is an eye-opener! This is an extremely well-organized homeless tent city on government land surrounded by social services buildings such as a soup kitchen, health clinic, food bank, jobs' office, laundry and shower facilities, and daycare for dependents of the homeless. Camp Hope receives no governmental assistance—only run by private donations—and is purely transitional for those awaiting funding for housing or job placement.

Meet Debbie! Manning the “sign-in” table, she is sitting with a four-pronged cane at her side; her ample bulk is overlooked by her welcoming smile and the pink, knitted Tami atop her fair head. When she takes off her sunglasses, her face belies white raccoon rings which daily sun exposure creates. Her clothes look neatly pressed. She is a resident of this tent city, and a talker she is! Here is the gist of her story:

I've been here 7 months, and this place has saved me. At 59 I can't believe this has happened to me. None of my friends know I am here (except my very best friend). My boys in CA won't take me in. I led a charmed life growing up with all the privileges of a suburban CA lifestyles. I have a college education; my IQ is 155; and my career seemed secure. When I graduated from college I went into the newspaper business working everyday, saving, and enjoying an affluent middle-class lifestyle. I married a managing newspaper editor, and back in the '70's (the hey-day of newspapers), he made $25/hour. When I recently fell and broke my ribs, the newspaper let me go. I used up all my savings, lost my house, and I had nothing to my name. I was referred here. Although I have a pension, I'm not able to receive it until I'm 65. The social services office here helped me apply for SSI, but it has taken 7 months to go through; so, staying in a tent here was my only option for housing until funding was approved. As a part of my “rent”, I must look for a job. It is so hard at my age; nobody wants to hire me especially when I give the address of residence as Camp Hope.”  

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info@lbjphoto.com (Lou and Bonnie Janelle (LBJ) Photography) http://lbjphotography.com/blog/2016/2/camp-hope Sun, 21 Feb 2016 19:15:08 GMT
Woodcarvers http://lbjphotography.com/blog/2016/2/woodcarvers February 19, 2016

Las Cruces, NM

This is the second day that I, Bonnie, have gone to witness the woodcarvers, a group of seniors who meet every Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 am till Noon. The description says "Free; join anytime"....and people do! It's a loose group of carvers, but there is always a teacher or veteran woodcarver there to get people started or answer questions.

My first experience was meeting David. With little introduction he gave me a walking stick and explained all the symbols which he had carved into it. When I offered to pay him, he refused saying, "If you offer me money, I will take it back; this is a gift. I love to carve, and I love to share."

My second experience was meeting with many carvers but especially spending time with Evelyn and Raul. Evelyn is the veteran; Raul the beginner. Their life stories are very different, but they meet here for their love of carving. Evelyn not only carves, but at home she has other artistic endeavors one of which is writing a biography entitled, Will He Make It To First Base? When I told her that I felt I had discovered a hidden treasure in this room, she said, “escondo”! The word, she explained, means “hidden”, and she goes by the moniker, Evelyn's Escando Art.

The Woodcarvers=a true hidden gem!

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Lincoln County War, New Mexico http://lbjphotography.com/blog/2016/2/lincoln-county-war-new-mexico February 15, 2016

Ruidoso, NM

Billy the Kid Trail

Road trip today through Lincoln County, NM—scene of the Lincoln County Wars and the Billy the Kid Trail. Yes, the county was named after Abraham Lincoln and encompasses a large area running through the Lincoln National Forest. One word to describe this county is diverse.

After leaving the high desert, we began climbing and drove through the Mescalero Apache Reservation. Feeling the independence of a very proud nation, we viewed small modest homes with one or two horses pastured on adjacent plots. Just imagine the Apache coming home, saddling his mount, and galloping along these mountain trails and passes. These Native Americans have not lost their land and their allegiance to it. However, as a reminder of their entry into modern society, we also saw casinos on the edges of their reservation.

The Hondo Valley, within the triangular 65 miles of the Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway, is rich farmland due to its proximity to mountain water run-off—a perfect place for livestock and farming. This abundance of resources drew settlers who staked claim to the Indian lands causing heated conflicts between the Indians and settlers.

At the same time that settlers were establishing claims surrounding Apache lands, a monopoly (Murphy & Dolan) of entrepreneurs was established in Lincoln County having a tremendous amount of power and influencing the law, politics, and economics of the county. Enter a foreigner who wanted a piece of the pie (Dunstall)! He opened his own store and partnered with a lawyer (Sweeney); the store gave unwanted competition to the establishment. Where the gun was the law of the land, animosity led to skirmishes between the rivals, and then murders and more murders; ultimately a war between the two factions caused bloodshed right and left. Murphy & Dolan's Sheriff Brady hired thugs who ruled with a heavy hand. On the side of the Dunstall were a group of loyal supporters called the Regulators of which Billy the Kid was one. Early victims of the war were Sheriff Brady on one side and Dunstall on the other; scores more followed. To end the conflict Colonel Dudley, who supported Murphy/Dolan, led his troops from Fort Stanton to Lincoln. Troops did end the war, but Billy with a few other Regulators escaped the carnage. However, Pat Garrett, who was appointed sheriff in the aftermath, vowed to apprehend Billy along with the other renegade Regulators. He did so, and Billy was sent to Santa Fe for trial. Convicted for the murder of Sheriff Brady, Billy was transported back to Lincoln County by Pat Garrett to be hanged there. He escaped from the second floor jail in the Murphy Store and overpowered guards, killing them, and escaping. Pat Garrett hunted him down and shot him according to official records. Many movies have been created depicting the Lincoln County Wars. The most recent was Young Guns; another was Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. How appropriate was it that Bonnie found a rocking horse at an antique store in Lincoln that nearly replicated her own childhood rocker bringing back memories of riding Black Beauty dressed in her cowgirl outfit, hat, boots, and six guns while watching the Lone Ranger on TV.

Driving from Fort Stanton to Ruidoso and dining at an Irish Pub, we couldn't help but wonder at the diversity here—for a few moments we felt like we were driving through New England with its pines, valleys, hills, and quaint little town storefronts sporting ski supplies, but when we saw the cowboy hats, boots, and life-sized stuffed bears, we knew we were not in New England anymore. Notwithstanding, the Apache Ski Resort in the Lincoln National Forest is a popular destination for vacationers from around the state and outside it, too—adding to the diversity of the county.     

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A Tale of Two Forts http://lbjphotography.com/blog/2016/2/a-tale-of-two-forts February 14-15, 2016

A Tale of Two Forts

Fort Selden, Radium Springs—17 miles NW of Las Cruces

Fort Stanton, Lincoln County—136 miles NE of Las Cruces

Two forts! Both were built to protect settlers from Indians and outlaws during the second half of the 19th century. One is in ruins, and the other has buildings. It's ironic that the one in ruins is the original footprint of Fort Selden; the one with buildings has only the foundations of the original Fort Stanton. Every building seen at Fort Stanton has been built on the foundation (and only the foundation) of its original buildings. The exception is the stables; today those look as they did then because they were made using stone instead of adobe.



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Star Trails http://lbjphotography.com/blog/2016/2/star-trails February 13, 2016

Organ Mountains

Leaving at dusk, we traveled to our destination---a deserted canyon road toward the Organ Mountains. Below is Lou's first attempt of star trails over the Organs.

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Billy the Kid http://lbjphotography.com/blog/2016/2/billy-the-kid  

Lest I forget the details of Billy the Kid's break-in at San Elizario, here within, is as I recall it according to Manuel, the city sheriff (a fellow who is hired to man the San Elizario Jail Museum and who participates in re-enactments)

Back in the early days when Billy roamed this area (late 1870s), the law would hang a man for murder, stealing a horse, or stealing cattle. The courthouse, a room within the jail house in San Elizario, was convenient; the outlaw could be tried one hour and be hung the same day that the trial took place. If a cattle rustler was caught on the open range, the rancher could take justice into his own hands and string up the offender. However, if that rustler was wanted by the sheriff, there would be no reward for the renegade hangman.

Billy the Kid had a girlfriend in Mesilla near Las Cruces. The girlfriend's father was quite influential in the area, and it was a member of this father's household who had been arrested and was being held in the San Elizario Jail. Billy's girlfriend implored him to save the man in jail. Billy and another friend traveled from Mesilla the 73 miles to arrive in San Elizario tired and hungry. They were fed and rested in a nearby farmhouse. About 3:00 am they began their break-in! How were they going to break INTO a jail? Billy hatched a plan that worked. He banged on the jail door and yelled, “I am a Texas Ranger and have a wanted man to put in your jail.” The Spanish guard opened the peep hole, but it was too dark to see much of anything other than the star Billy had in his possession. When the Spanish guard opened the door after repeated bangings by Billy, the guard was welcomed by a .44. The guard was locked in the cell after Billy's friend was released from it.

Here is where there are conflicting outcomes. According to one legend, Billy escaped to New Mexico with his friends. Because that influential father was so grateful to Billy for saving his family member, he gave Billy money and told him to disappear--which many think Billy did--never to appear again in the public eye. However, on the flip side, here is the other legendary outcome. Prior to this jail break Billy was a wanted man for his role in the Lincoln County Wars, him being one of the Regulators. Upon Billy's escape from pursuit with other Regulators, Pat Garrett vowed to hunt Billy down and kill him which according to record he did, and Billy is buried at Fort Sumner, NM. However, was that Billy? Recently a man living in the East claimed to be a relative of Billy the Kid and wanted an exhumation of bones to get a DNA sample. Upon exhumation there were no bones. ?????     


info@lbjphoto.com (Lou and Bonnie Janelle (LBJ) Photography) http://lbjphotography.com/blog/2016/2/billy-the-kid Sat, 13 Feb 2016 04:19:05 GMT