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Legal Tender Reopens for Spring
From its beginning in 1818,
the general store and saloon across from the train station catered to travelers on their way west. Billy the Kid
is said to have been brought here in chain, by the lawmen who recaptured him after his daring escape from Lincoln County Jail. A popular night spot during the early 1950s, the business was known as the Pink Garter, complete with can-can girls. In 1969 the name was changed to The Legal Tender.
Now open Thursday to Sunday from Noon–9pm and Sunday for Brunch from Noon–4pm under the guiding palette of chef Michael Gintert, The Legal Tender
serves barbecue, steaks and burgers. There is often music on Friday and Saturday nights with no cover charge.
And if that is not enough to lure you, there is always a chance to encounter three ghosts
said to make regular appearances at The Legal Tender: the “Lady in White” often appears standing at the foot of what used to be the staircase to the balcony in the main dining room. The “Man in Black,” known as Ramon, is said to have picked up a stray bullet during a gambling dispute. The story of the child in a long gown is unknown.
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