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Pat Garrett Murder Site marker.

Pat Garrett Murder Site Sign

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Las Cruces, New Mexico

According to a large historical marker, Pat Garrett, the New Mexico sheriff who shot and killed William "Billy the Kid" Bonney in 1881, was himself murdered "at a remote site nearby" on February 29, 1908 at about 10:30 in the morning.

Despite his role in ridding the Southwest of a notorious outlaw, Garrett had by 1908 fallen on hard times. His reputation was so bad that his alleged killer -- Wayne Brazel -- was acquitted after a one-day trial where his attorney argued it was self-defense. "The motive and circumstances surrounding Garrett's death," says the sign, "are still being debated."

Since 1940 the actual murder site had been marked by a blob of concrete with a cross carved in it, left by one of Garrett's sons. The convenient roadside "Official Scenic Historic Marker" is a relatively modern addition.

For those who don't want to trek into the desert to visit Pat Garrett's actual murder site, the Pat Garrett Murder Site Sign is a convenient and photo-friendly alternative. Or... visit both for the complete Pat Garrett Murder Site experience.

Also see: Billy the Kid: Baddest Punk in the West

Pat Garrett Murder Site Sign

4500 Bataan Memorial Hwy, Las Cruces, NM
I-25 exit 6. Drive east on US-70 for a little over two miles. Exit onto Sonoma Branch Blvd, then continue straight along the frontage road for one mile. You'll see the green sign on the right, just after the building with the red tile roof.
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