Dan Dedrick and Billy the Kid

Dan Dedrick, Billy the Kid

Hoosier-born Dan Dedrick would have been just another Old West guy—except that around 1877 or ’78, he started hanging out with Billy the Kid and the Regulators and became involved in the Lincoln County War.  Dedrick later became a successful miner and businessman in northern California.

But his claim to fame came when the Kid had a photo taken at Fort Sumner in 1879 or 1880—and gave a copy to Dedrick. That copy was the only one to survive the decades. It stayed in his family until 2011 when it sold for $2.3 million.

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