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Hillsboro Heritage Days & The Fountain Murder Trial Re-Enactment

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Date(s) - Saturday August 30, 2014
10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Hillsboro Community Center, 316 Elenore Street, Hillsboro

Contact: Garland Bills | Hillsboro Historical Society



The fascinating and emotionally-charged trial of Oliver Lee and James Gililand will be recreated by thespians from the town where it took place in 1899 — Hillsboro, New Mexico. The historic hamlet of Hillsboro was once a thriving mining community, where a stately brick courthouse represented lawfulness and justice for nearly 40 years. Whether justice was dispensed at that memorable trial in 1899 is still debated to this day.

Lee and Gililand were accused of the murder of Judge Colonel Albert Jennings Fountain and his young son Henry. Fountain had just indicted Lee for cattle rustling and was enroute home to Mesilla, when he and his son disappeared near White Sands. Their horse and wagon were discovered in the area, but their bodies were never found. The Hillsboro Historical Society (HHS) will reprise their successful production of “The Fountain Murder Trial, a creative reenactment” on Labor Day weekend, at 3pm August 30 and 31, 2014.

The performances will take place at the Hillsboro Community Center, just a block away from the original trial over a century ago. The Reenactment will bring to life the historic figures of the accused, plus Pat Garrett, James Catron, and Albert Bacon Fall, who were all participants in the trial. The audience is encouraged to come in old-west attire, as they will serve as the jury and decide the fate of the defendants. Advance tickets are on sale at the HHS museum and gift shop, downtown Hillsboro, open Fri.,Sat.,Sun. 11am – 4pm. 575-895-3321

Other events: 

10am-4pm: Hillsboro Historical Society Gift Shop & Museum is open
10am-3pm: Black Range Museum in Hillsboro is open
11am: Screening of “Among the Dust of Thieves” at the Hillsboro Community Center
1pm: Karl Laumbach presents “Albert Fountain and the Spider Web Trail” (Saturday only)
5pm: Cowboy Soiree at the Black Range Vineyards Wine Bar

Cost: $10
Hillsboro Heritage Days & The Fountain Murder Trial Re-Enactment