I’ll Make Ya Famous – Billy the Kid and the Lincoln County War


The Lincoln County War made Billy the Kid a legend, but was he a hero or villain? Learn why this local skirmish made Billy and the Lincoln famous around the world.


The story of the LIncoln County War is a story of westward expansion, opportunity, greed, ambition, cultural conflict and survival. The story of how a kid named Billy found himself in the middle of a war, reads like a western movie, and yet despite the making of over 50 movies on the subject, the tale is almost never told accurately by Hollywood. This lesson will help your students separate the facts from the fiction and understand why the story of the Lincoln County War still matters to us today.

Program Duration: 45-90 min. w/ Q&A


Additional information


Fort Stanton & Lincoln Historic Sites


Social Studies


History, Westward Expansion

Age Group

Pre-K – Kindergarten, 1st – 2nd Grade, 3rd – 5th Grade, 6th – 8th Grade, 9th – 12th Grade, College, Adult