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Billy the Kid Homesite

The only home to survive the 1904 flood, owned by the first...

The Silver City Museum


It's not that far to the historical part of Silver City that I plan to tour today, so I decide to walk. Get my exercise and sightseeing all in one. The weather had said it would be 67 today, but clouds have come in and the wind is blowing, so it is about 59. Warm weather eludes me yet again.

My first stop is at Billy the Kid's homesite. He lived here with his mother and step-father for a time, though he was born in New York City. (New York City?)

You know how these one room log cabins are, though a few weeks in Rhonda and they don't look quite as small as before, still I can't imagine sharing that space with a step-father and a mother who took in boarders (where did she put them?) to make ends meet while her husband was off trying to make a fortune mining silver or gold. Getting rich was the thing to do in all these mining towns, of course.

A friend of Billy's described him as being "girlish-looking", still the story is that he killed his first victim in Silver City when he was twelve. Local literature says that is just a tale, however he was linked to the death of twelve men by the time he was twenty-one, giving him a larger place in history than most of us no matter how long we stick around! Maybe his mother was spared by dying of tuberculosis before he did. She is buried in the local cemetery right next to the RV park.

The Silver City Museum, offering "1000 years of Southwest New Mexico history" has furniture, office equipment (there was an explanation for how a Dictaphone worked—something that has been used in my life time) pottery, mining tools, the story of how hard it was to get the amendment for women to vote passed in this state, and a lovely quilt being auctioned off to raise money for the museum.

By the time I finish my walk through Silver City's past, enjoy a good lunch at Diane's (suggested by Anne) and return to Rhonda, I have walked five or six miles.

The principal reason I chose to come to this area was to visit the Gila Cliff Dwellings nearby, inhabited by Indian tribes around 1300 AD. Some of these tribes were in the area as early as 100 AD. I actually get a kind of a shiver in my spine at some of these ancient sites.

This one was not to be. Water washed out the road and there is no access at this time.



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