Fred Lambert was a New Mexico deputy sheriff at age 16, later a sheriff, a member of the state’s mounted police, rancher, poet, and artist. He started and ran the Old Mill Museum in Cimarron for several years.
He was born to it all. In 1887, Lambert came into the world at the legendary St. James Hotel in Cimarron, a place that hosted numerous Old West figures. His father owned it and saw some of the 27 killings there. Buffalo Bill Cody was staying there when Fred was born and became his godfather.