Perhaps Lincoln County (NM) Sheriff William Brady’s biggest headache in office was getting a jail. When he took office in 1869, prisoners were held at Fort Stanton, about 10 miles away. In 1877, a cramped underground holding area was constructed. But conditions were terrible and escapes frequent. Brady demanded a new facility. It was finished in 1880—a little late for Brady. He and a deputy were gunned down by Billy the Kid and pals in April 1878.
True West November 2023