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.