George Washington Told a Lie Not the father of our country, but a scoundrel in New Mexico

mcsween house lincoln new mexico true west magazine
McSween house, Lincoln, New Mexico.

There are many strange tales of Lincoln, NM. In 1879, George Washington was allegedly
shooting at a stray dog near the ruins of the McSween house (picture). The bullets killed
his wife and child instead. There were no witnesses and Washington’s claim of an
accident was grudgingly accepted. For a moment.

Soon after, he tried to elope with a teenage girl and people figured he’d killed his family
to gain his freedom. Washington was captured and taken to the Lincoln County Jail.
Vigilantes broke in and lynched him a few days later.

Mark Boardman is the features editor at True West and editor of The Tombstone Epitaph.

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