Lincoln, N.M. Celebrates Billy the Kid

City holds annual pageant and unveils new Web site

By: By Mindy Poder

Lincoln, N.M., is inviting the public to participate in the annual Old Lincoln Days and Billy the Kid Pageant from Friday, Aug. 7 to Sunday, Aug. 9. The pageant offers music, food and a recreation of the American frontier outlaw’s notorious 1881 escape in which the Kid broke loose from the upper room of the two-story Lincoln County Courthouse after killing the two deputies on guard.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 7-9, pageant-goers can enjoy shops, museums, concessions and living history demonstrations throughout town. The dramatization of the escape, “The Last Escape of Billy the Kid,” is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 7 and 8 and 3 p.m. on Aug. 9. The Old Lincoln Days Parade takes place at 11 a.m. on Aug. 9.

Clients can safely follow the outlaw’s footsteps with the Billy the Kid Territory Travel Itinerary on the New Mexico Tourism Department’s newly launched resource,

The Billy the Kid Itinerary provides travel maps featuring historic points of interest, walking tours of Lincoln and Fort Sumner and driving tours of Billy the Kid’s Lincoln County and De Baca County for personalized self-guided trips. Additionally, the Web site offers information about Billy the Kid’s life and legend, the Lincoln County War and details about the outlaw’s friends and foes. Resources, such as a list of related books, films, documentaries and related travel bureaus and tourism groups, are also available on the Web site.