The historic Wortley Hotel, formerly owned by Sheriff Pat Garrett, is located
in scenic Lincoln, New Mexico,
the former stomping grounds of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. Billy the Kid
broke out of jail for the last time in Lincoln, killing
Deputy J. W. Bell and U. S. Marshall Bob Ollinger, in the
process. Bob was eating at the Wortley, along
with several prisoners from the jail, when the breakout
It was his last meal.
Billy the Kid was considered too damned dangerous to be taken across
the street and fed at the Wortley. He took his meals in the courthouse.
talked J. W. Bell into allowing him to go to the
outhouse while everyone else was gone to lunch. On his way back from
the outhouse, Billy overpowered and shot Bell.
When Ollinger heard the shot he dropped his fork and ran across the
street. Billy let him have it with both barrels of his own shotgun. He
died well fed. The management of the Wortley would like to point out:
We no longer feed prisoners.
The food is much better these days.
Carnage of this sort rarely occurs in
modern day Lincoln, thus our motto, "No Guests Gunned Down in Over 100
Do you enjoy nightlife, bright
lights, hustle & bustle and fast living? If you do, we don't
have any of that here. You need to go
to Las Vegas (the one in Nevada).
If you enjoy clean mountain air, rocking on the front porch, pitching
to the quiet, rubbing elbows with colorful characters and
exploring New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment, have we got a
for you. Come and stay awhile.
The Hotel at the End of the Rainbow
Troy Nelson and Katharine Marsh
Highway 380, Lincoln,
115, Lincoln, New Mexico88338