Billy the Kid's Jail, Santa Fe, New Mexico: A Glimpse into Wild West History on the Southwest's Frontier

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Where did Billy the Kid spend the winter of 1880-1881?

Today, two plaques in Santa Fe mark the spot . . . or rather, two competing spots.

This brief historical detective story documents the actual location of the jail that held Billy, and provides a glimpse into life on America’s Southwestern Frontier (12,000 words; 17 photos, maps, and drawings; 82 pages in paperback). More

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Words: 12,480
Language: American English
ISBN: 9781301605309
About Lynn Michelsohn

As an author and devoted traveler, I closed my long-time New Mexico practice of clinical and forensic psychology in 2008 to devote more time to writing, and beachcombing. My husband, a former attorney, and I divide our time between Santa Fe and West Palm Beach where our two adult sons visit us regularly (but not often enough).

Wow! This writing (and beachcombing) is really fun! I recommend it to all of you who have ever thought about starting that memoir or novel or article. Smashwords makes publishing incredibly easy, and who knows, you might even sell a couple of hundred thousand copies (I haven't yet)!

After years of living in Roswell with its sometimes offbeat attractions and history--the Roswell Incident, for example--writing "Roswell, Your Travel Guide to the UFO Capital of the World!" (available in paperback and as an ebook) gave me the chance to share these interests with visitors to the Land of Enchantment. I have also published a shorter selection from it, "Roswell, NM: The Ten Best Free Things To Do," as an ebook.

Next I wrote a book about a distinctly different region, one I have loved since my childhood spent knee-deep in the marshes and saltwater creeks of the South Carolina coast. "Tales from Brookgreen: Folklore, Ghost Stories, and Gullah Folktales in the South Carolina Lowcountry" (paperback and ebook) recounts stories from Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina's popular tourist attraction just south of Myrtle Beach. I am happy to see that the three shorter collections of stories from this longer work are quite popular: "Lowcountry Ghosts," "Gullah Ghosts," and "Crab Boy's Ghost." I hope to get back to work on more lowcountry ghost stories soon.

Did you know that Herman Melville, of "Moby-Dick" fame, wrote a series of articles describing the Galapagos Islands? Neither did I until recently. My latest project has been to put Melville's articles together with wonderful photographs taken by my son Moses in the Galapagos Islands, and writing introductory material to create a book for the modern visitor to the place Melville called "The Encantadas." We call the book "In the Galapagos Islands with Herman Melville" (paperback and book) and hope this glimpse into the "Enchanted Isles," written over 150 years ago, will enrich the visits of today's travelers. I've also published two short portions of it as ebooks that feature even more of Moses' great photos: "Galapagos Islands Birds" and "Galapagos Islands Landscapes."

Recently I've gotten interested in researching the famous New Mexico outlaw Billy the Kid, especially the time he spent in Santa Fe. Did you know that more movies have been made about him over the years than about ANY OTHER individual? I have already completed one short ebook, "Billy the Kid's Jail," with more to come. It's hard not to write more about Santa Fe in the 1870s and 1880s than about Billy. I get lost in reading Santa Fe newspapers from that era. So many fascinating details!

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Review by: SAMANTHAJULIA on Sep. 17, 2013 : (no rating)
Billy the Kid's Jail, by Lynn Michelson, is a well researched book that tells how the actual location of the jail in Santa Fe, New Mexico that Billy the Kid was housed in was determined. The author also includes interesting and informative historical information on this iconic character. I think this would be a good book to read when planning a trip to Santa Fe. I found this to be a well written book and I recommend reading it.
I received this book free of charge through LibraryThing and I give this review of my own free will. ( )
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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