Who is a cowboy
If you ask the first comer “Who is a cowboy?”, Then in 99% of 100 you will hear a very short and firm answer: “A tough guy riding a horse,…

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What did the cowboys do for fashion?
Recognizable image He put on a poncho and jeans or boots with a narrowed cape and a wide leather belt, a hat and a shirt with braid, a bandana or…

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The birth of a legend
But the most expensive part of the toilet was the boots. As a rule, they were made of cowhide, and were made to order. They had a high sloping heel,…

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Millstones of fate of Billy Kid

If the famous sheriff Pat Garrett and some other people who knew him would not have left their written memories of him, we would never have known that in childhood he was presented with a large Bowie knife and he cut them into pieces of neighbors’ kittens. That he killed his first victim at twelve, and all in all twenty-one people died from his revolver. That he was an illiterate wretch, with an explosive, hysterical character, capable of shooting a man only because he snored too loudly! Worst of all, he became drunk, and he drank to a state of insanity. We would never know that, because … it’s all a lie! He knew two languages, wrote an excellent syllable, was famous for his singing and humor. He never robbed banks, trains or stagecoaches, he never insulted anyone, he always respected women and the elderly, and if he killed anyone, he only protected his own life. The people who hunted him were many times worse than him, and yet it was he who became the most famous criminal of the Wild West. His fault was only that he, a boy, was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Circumstances put him outside the law, and yet he tried to start a new life. He was not given …

In history, he remained known as Billy Kid (Billy Kid), although at birth, his parents named him William Henry. It is not known exactly where and when he was born. Pat Garrett in “The True Biography of Billy Kid, the famous thug of the Southwest, whose impudent deeds made his name the Horror of New Mexico, Arizona and Northern Mexico” indicated his date of birth on November 23, 1859, but this is not so [21]. Kid’s friends at Silver City said that in 1873 he was about 11 years old; Lily Casey, who met him in November 1877, claimed that he was then about 16; and his friends George and Frank Coe insisted that at the beginning of 1878 he was 17 years old. Thus, most likely he was born in 1861. Most sources agree that he was born in New York or its environs.

Arrows of the Wild West. Sheriffs, bandits, cowboys, gunfighters
The most famous photograph of Billy Kid, has long been considered the only

His mother, Catherine McCarthy, arrived in America from Ireland, and nothing is known about his father. In 1873, Katherine, being a widow, married William Antrim. By that time, the family had already moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where the warm and dry climate was more suited to the tuberculosis patient Katherine. Since there were now two William in the house, so as not to confuse them, the mother began to call her son by the middle name – Henry. Subsequently, Kid sometimes called himself Henry Antrim, but usually he still spoke of himself as William Bonnie. Why? This is another mystery. He had a uterine brother Joseph McCarthy [22] (some researchers speak of him as the youngest, others as the elder), and Billy Kid’s authoritative biographer Fred Nolan suggested that Billy was the son of a certain Mr. Bonnie, about the marriage of Katherine with whom we don’t know anything.

Antrims moved to Silver City, New Mexico, where, according to eyewitnesses, Billy Kid grew up as an ordinary boy and had many friends. Sometimes he was naughty, but overall he was a cheerful and calm guy. He studied well at school, loved to read, sang and danced great. There were always a lot of Mexicans in the area, and he quickly learned to speak Spanish. Billy always became the “soul of the company” because it was easy and pleasant to communicate with him. He remained so for life, and subsequently even his enemies recognized this.

Katherine died in September 1874, and his stepfather William Antrim soon refused custody of his brothers. Since then, they fell into one foster family, then into another, but more often they were left to their own devices. It was then that Billy committed his first crime – he stole several pounds of oil and resold it. It was not difficult for the local sheriff to calculate the petty thief. He felt sorry for the boy who only wanted to make some money on food, but did not know how to do it. The sheriff scolded Billy and, threatening him with punishment if he fell into theft again, he released him.

Billy got a job washing dishes at the hotel, where he soon made acquaintance with the local nonsense Sombrero Jack. There was a Chinese laundry in the city, and once, Sombrero Jack cleaned it, picking up a bag of other people’s belongings. We don’t know what he said to the naive Billy, but he agreed to hide the bag with him. Perhaps Jack promised the little ragman new clothes. Be that as it may, Billy was again caught stealing.

Arrows of the Wild West. Sheriffs, bandits, cowboys, gunfighters
John Henry Thunstell

This time, the sheriff locked him in prison for several days, allowing, however, to move freely along the corridor. He was not going to seriously punish the boy, believing that a few days locked up would be enough for him to come to his senses. Even an article appeared in a local newspaper that reported how an unlucky thief became “a toy in the hands of Sombrero Jack,” who quickly left the city. But Billy didn’t know that.

The continuation of the legend
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Stockrider
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Wild West
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Songs of a Cheerful Cowboy
Not ignored by the sculptors and horses, the main assistants of the cowboys. Particularly impressive is the spectacle of the “Blue Mustang”, a giant figure of 32 feet high and…

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