We're in Lincoln, New Mexico this week, the heart of Billy the Kid Country and gearing up for Old Lincoln Days this weekend. This week we got the new maps installed as permanent displays at the Visitor's Center in Lincoln, set up the Bad Hoss booth at the courthouse (thanks for the help, dad!), and took some time out to ship online orders. Any online orders placed this week will be shipped direct from Lincoln. It'll be a great time in Lincoln this weekend with vendors and lots of fun events including The Last Escape of Billy the Kid performed live at the amphitheater since the 1940's. All museums will be FREE admission this weekend. Come see us inside the courthouse where Billy made his most daring escape in 1881 and take home a new map of the old west. See you there!
I can't hide my excitement! Today we took delivery of our first prints. Both the Billy the Kid and the Lincoln County War wall map and the Billy the Kid Guide to Historic Lincoln New Mexico walking guide will be shipping this week, and of course you'll be able to see and purchase both at a discount next week at Old Lincoln Days in Lincoln, New Mexico. Please stop by the booth and say hi.
This morning I went in for a press check, and the prints looked awesome. The presses are rolling! The first shipments of Billy the Kid and the Lincoln County War wall maps will be going out to customers tomorrow. Thanks a ton to the fine folks at D&K Printing for doing such an outstanding job. Also this week the Billy the Kid Guide to Historic Lincoln New Mexico will be added to the store for purchase. And don't forget, only ten more days until Old Lincoln Days kicks off in Lincoln, New Mexico. Stop by our booth! You can see the maps in person, chat with the author and buy prints at a special discounted rate.
About nine months ago, just as the holidays were hitting full stride, I was reading Mark Gardner's To Hell on a Fast Horse about the life and times of Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett. Despite the fact that it was a real page turner, I found I was constantly running over to the computer to find out the exact location of John Tunstall's murder, or where exactly was the notorious Shedd Ranch. Being a cartographer I started putting what I found on a map of my own, and soon the New Maps of the Old West project was born.
Months later I now have a whole series of maps slowly congealing into something that's starting to look like a book. It's painting a portrait of Billy the Kid and the Lincoln County War with an aesthetic and completeness that's not been done before. In addition, a spinoff set of wall maps and tourist maps under the umbrella of the Bad Hoss Mapping Company have also come into existence, along with this shiny new website and map store which just went live hours ago. I'm still working out some minor kinks and adding content, but she's fully functional.
Right now there's just one wall map for sale in the store, but it's a really good one: Lincoln County New Mexico Territory in 1878 with all the major sites of known gunfights, outlaw hangouts, murders, ranches and towns, plus the roads, county boundaries and reservation boundaries as they were in The Kid's day. Read any great book on Billy the Kid, such as Frederick Nolan's The West of Billy the Kid, and you'll definitely want this map.
I just completed Tunstall's Last Ride, also shown in the store but not yet for sale as it hasn't been printed. This map is slated to hang in the Tunstall Museum in Lincoln, NM by August. In the coming weeks and months I'll be adding more maps related to Billy the Kid, plus t-shirts and some other fun stuff. When the book goes to publication work will begin on my next favorite Old West outlaw: Jesse James.