Historic Hearse

From the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum

This historic hearse that was in use in Las Cruces from 1894-1912 and probably carried the body of Pat Garrett was donated to the NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum.

The horse-drawn wagon is known by many as “the Pat Garrett hearse” or “Pat Garrett’s Last Ride” because it likely delivered the famous lawman to his Las Cruces grave in 1908. The late local historian, Cal Traylor, purchased the hearse from a museum in Pinos Altos, N.M., and donated it to the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Department Historical Museum of Lawmen in 2012. The small museum recently closed and its artifacts have been dispersed to various agencies for preservation. The Sheriff’s Department delivered the hearse to the Farm & Ranch Museum on Wednesday, Aug. 26.

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