Published: April 30, 2012

On the road with Pipes & Sticks on Route 66: Day 6

We will leave Texas for New Mexico today, which also means we cross a timeline and are a further hour behind GMT. As we cross the border at Farwell, Texas, we see the sign, “New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment.” I hope we’re enchanted when we leave – we shall see. The border area seems to be called Texico.

We stop at Old Fort Sumner on the way into New Mexico and discover the grave of William Bonnet, alias “Billy the Kid,” killed in1881 by Sherriff Pat Garrett. It is truly the Wild West. In that cemetery there are very few stones with inscriptions and some wee wooden crosses, however, there is a large stone for Lucien Bonaparte Maxwell. He was famous for owning the biggest tract of land ever by one individual in the USA. He died in 1875, having invested $250,000 in the Texas Pacific Railroad.

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