Leg Iron, ca. 1880s

From the New Mexico History Museum

In April 1881, Billy the Kid sat in the Lincoln County Courthouse, scheduled to hang for murder. Shackled in irons like these, he managed to kill two deputies and escape. On display in the History Museum’s main exhibit, Telling New Mexico: Stories from Then and Now.

History Collection NMHM, DCA, 6900/45 Gift of Mr. Paul Aguayo

Photo by Blair Clark, New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs

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