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Stories from a Colorful Past
By John Philip Wilson


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These episodes are non-fiction accounts relating to New Mexico from the earliest visit by a priest, Fray Marcos de Niza, sent by the Viceroy of New Spain in 1539, to the unwelcome intrusion of an enemy saboteur in World War I. Between these extremes we meet a witness who recalls details of an abandoned dwelling whose owner lived there two hundred years earlier, newspaper accounts of a shoot-out at Pinos Atos and its bloody aftermath, a stage ride from Las Cruces to Silver City, and how cattleman John Chisum dealt with two knights of the road. Billy the Kidís escape from the Lincoln County Courthouse is seen in a new light, and an introduction to the Lincoln County War will help the unfamiliar reader to understand what was truly a New Mexico horse opera, with tragic results. The role of the military in the nineteenth century is shown in a glimpse of life at one fort and the report of an Army scouting party that saw a part of the country prior to its settlement. And what would an anthology be without a dog story?

The Author is an archaeologist and historical researcher, retired after ten years at the Museum of New Mexico and twenty-eight years consulting with utilities, mining and engineering companies, Native American tribes and other federal and state agencies. He is the author of Merchants, Guns, & Money: The Story of Lincoln County and Its Wars; Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid as I Knew Them; and When the Texans Came. He lives in Las Cruces with his wife Cheryl.

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