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Re: John Tunstall circa Wild West+Billy The
Posted by: Cindy Stewart (ID *****5533) Date: April 09, 2002 at 22:12:52
In Reply to: John Tunstall circa Wild West+Billy The by John Barton of 806

"Billy the Kid" arrived in Lincoln County, New Mexico in 1877. The native Apache had recently been subdued and the local cattlemen divided themselves into two camps in a fight for local power. Billy allied himself with the losing side. He worked as a ranch hand for John Tunstall a leader of one faction seeking control of the county. Tunstall befriended the Kidd acting in many ways as a surrogate father. Thunstall's ambush and murder in 1878 by a sheriffs posse set the aAKid off on a path of revenge. Taken from the Arizona Territorial Newspaper Vol. 7, No. 12 dated February 28, 2002.


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