Every fan of American Western lore knows that Sheriff Pat Garrett shot the infamous outlaw, “Billy the Kid” McCarty.
Less well known is the fact that Garrett lived in Claiborne Parish, LA from the time he was age 3 until he headed west in 1867 at the age of 18.
Garrett was shot to death near Las Cruces, NM in 1908. He was 57 years old.
Events in Homer, LA on Saturday and Sunday will remember Garrett’s life.
At 2 p.m. Saturday, the Claiborne Parish Library will host presenters, speakers and a music performer from the Pat Garrett Western Heritage Festival 2019 in Las Cruces.
Special guests from New Mexico will include:
David Thomas, a noted author and historian of New Mexico history. His new book on Garrett has just been released. Thomas is considered a leading scholar on Pat Garrett’s career and life in New Mexico.
Dan Crow, a song writer, performer and western music historian, will perform songs of the American Frontier that were popular during Sheriff Pat Garrett’s era. Dan Crow has written several songs for various Disney movies over the years.
Karla Steen, historian and author, will be reading some of the letters that Pat Garrett wrote to his wife and family. These letters reveal a side of Pat Garrett that few ever knew. Pat Garrett had an abiding love for his family.
Vince Ory, local historian, will be presenting information on Sheriff Pat Garrett's life in Claiborne Parish.
The historical marker will be unveiled at 2 p.m. Sunday, also at the library.
All of the events are free.
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Famed Western lawman Pat Garrett spent his childhood in Civil War-era Claiborne Parish.