What do you know about the photo of Billy the Kid in the Caldwell, Kansas, museum?

I have seen a photo of Billy the Kid in a Caldwell, Kansas, museum. It shows him with other cowboys from a nearby ranch. What do you know about this picture?

Greg Elliott

Park City, Kansas

A number of photos claim to depict Billy the Kid, but the only one with provenance is the famous one where he is posing with a rifle.

Most of the well-known Old West figures had several look-alikes. So it’s not unusual for a museum (or anyone else for that matter) to believe it possesses a photo of a noted shootist or lawman or outlaw.

Yet it is always wise to consult a photo authenticator like True West Publisher Emeritus Bob McCubbin before opening your checkbook.

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