Intrigued by the Wild West? Learn About One of Its Famous Figures During This Event

Pat Garrett, the most famous lawman in the Wild West – the man who killed Billy the Kid – was himself killed on leap day, February 29, 1908, on a barren stretch of road between his home ranch and Las Cruces. Who killed him? Was it murder? Was it self-defense? No Garrett biographer has been able to answer these questions. All have expressed opinions. None have presented evidence that would stand up in a court of law.

Here, for the first time, drawing on newly discovered information is the definitive answer to the Wild West’s most famous unsolved killing. Award-winning author and historian David Thomas will discuss this fascinating story, which is detailed in his new book, "Killing Pat Garrett: The Wild West's Most Famous Lawman – Murder or Self-Defense?”, during the Culture Series at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum this Tuesday, February 11th.

The book's awards include 2019 Best Book Awards Finalist, United States History; 2019 Best Indie Book Notable 100 Award Winner; 2019 Royal Dragonfly Book Award Winner, Second Place, Historical Non-Fiction. Supplementing the text are 102 images, including six of Garrett and his family which have never been published before. It has been 50 years since a new photo of Garrett was published, and no photos of his children have ever been published.

Garrett’s life has been extensively researched. Yet, the author was able to uncover an enormous amount of new information. He had access to over 80 letters that Garrett wrote to his wife. He discovered a multitude of new documents and details concerning Garrett’s killing, the events surrounding it, and the personal life of the man who was placed on trial for killing Garrett.

This book is written so you can experience his life as he did, as it happened, event by event. Hear titillating stories taken from the pages of Thomas’ book during this daytime Culture Series presentation in the Museum's Theater. Admission to this is free. For additional information, please call 575-522-4100 or visit

At Sonoma Palms Apartments in Las Cruces, New Mexico, we believe it’s important to integrate yourself into the community, which is why we suggest attending this event. Meeting new people, having unfamiliar experiences, and joining neighborhood activities is the key to an exceptional lifestyle.

Event Time/Date:
Tuesday, February 11, 2020—12:30 PM

Event Venue Location:
New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum
4100 Dripping Springs Road
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88011

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