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LINCOLN, NEW MEXICO “is the quintessential Wild West town” says the 6th edition of the Rough Guide to Southwest USA, ”barely changed since Billy the Kid blasted free from the county courthouse.”
Lincoln, 300 kilometres southeast of Albuquerque, is “not strictly speaking a ghost town,” says the guidebook. People still live here. But when the railroads bypassed it, it became stuck in the past. And it’s a notorious past.
This is where the outlaw Billy the Kid made his name, gunning down people in the Lincoln County War, a contretemps that started in 1878 when John Tunstall opened a provisioning store in Lincoln to compete with the existing one run by James Dolan. Dolan’s men ambushed Tunstall outside of the town. Soon after, several of Tunstall’s hired hands, Billy the Kid being one, took their revenge.
You can still visit Tunstall’s store, so completely authentic that it “must have failed to sell a single item in the ensuing century” since the war. A wounded Billy the Kid hid under its floorboards after shooting the town sheriff, a Dolan man.
Across the street is the Lincoln County Courthouse. It was originally Dolan’s store, but he took over Tunstall’s after the latter’s murder. Billy the Kid was jailed here, but escaped. “That the courthouse is now so old and musty only adds to the atmosphere of it all,” says the guidebook.
Printable 4X6-inch card
1. This is a drawing by:
a) Edgar Degas
b) Vincent van Gogh
c) Mary Cassatt
2. Captain Thunderbolt, a 19th-century highwayman, had a secret identity as a school teacher in:
c) Rhode Island
3. Cape Coast Castle, once an embarkation point for slaves, is a UNESCO World Heritage site in:
a) Sierra Leone
Catalogued by Destination and by Theme
Where do you want to go? Mali?
DJENNE, Mali—The Great Mosque in this West Africa town is built of mud. It’s the largest mud building in the world. In the summer, when temperatures frequently top 40 degrees Celsius, it’s baked kiln-hard. Then come the rains, from July to September. Torrential rains.
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What do you want to see? Wildlife?
ABERDARE NATIONAL PARK, Kenya—Usually, those planning a wildlife-viewing vacation to Africa need to be ready for long, bumpy, sometimes chilly rides in jeeps, looking for big game. The Ark, 200 kilometres north of Nairobi, switches that around: the guests stay put and the creatures come to them.
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