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He came from the east, but from exactly where we do not know. William Henry McCarty first appears with certainty in the historical record in Wichita, Kansas, in 1870 where he arrived at about the age of 11 with his mother Catherine, his (probably younger) brother Joseph and a man named William Antrim, whom Catherine would eventually marry. Catherine started a very successful hand laundry and had purchased a farm and several lots in the tiny new town. The family seemed to be settling in for the long term, but after only a year, she contracted tuberculosis, abruptly sold everything, and headed west into infamy. She would never see her son William live the life that would become the legend of Billy the Kid. After Wichita, the family next appears in Santa Fe, and it is here that our story begins. The Kid’s adventures range as far west as Globe, Arizona, and east as Tascosa, Texas, with most of the events of his life centered around the town and county of Lincoln, New Mexico.


This historical map illustrates the events that shaped the life of Billy the Kid, from his very first murder in Arizona Territory to the dances he loved to attend in Tascosa, Texas. Available nowhere else, this map features original research and design by Bad Hoss Map Company. 


Features illustrated on this map include:

  • gunfight locations, murder sites

  • significant routes traveled by Billy the Kid

  • major wagon roads, historic county boundaries, and stage stations of the 1870s

  • historic forts and settlements 

  • detailed rivers and topography

  • fonts, colors, and design styling common to maps of the era


This premium wall map is printed on museum-grade fine art paper or canvas with a matte finish and is the perfect means to bring this unique digital artwork to life. Each map is printed with top-tier pigmented archival inks for excellent printing results ideal for framing.

The Territory of Billy the Kid

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