After leaving Blazer’s Mill, Fountain became aware of two horsemen
following him in the distance. The men were never near enough to
recognize. Albert and Henry spent their last night on Earth in La Luz,
at the home of David Sutherland.
The next morning they left La Luz and passed through Tularosa before
starting the long stretch to Las Cruces. They now had three horsemen
following them. While in Tularosa, one can see the grave of one of the
men tried for the Fountains’ murder. James Gililland, alongside his
wife, is buried at Fairview Cemetery.
Oliver Lee State Park:
When the search parties found Fountain's plundered buckboard, and
signs of foul play, they followed the tracks of three horsemen that
led away from the buckboard. Though two sets of tracks had been
trampled by a herd of cattle, they appeared to lead towards two
ranches owned by Oliver Lee, according to some in the searching party.
These were Dog Canyon and Wildy Well. The Dog Canyon Ranch, with a
restored ranch house, is now Oliver Lee Memorial State Park.
Besides being the alleged destination of one of the horsemen involved
in the Fountain murder, Oliver Lee’s Wildy Well ranch also served as
the site of a gun battle between suspects Oliver Lee and James
Sheriff Pat Garrett
and his posse. The Sheriff and his men were forced to retreat and lost
one man in the fight.
Fountain Historical Marker/Chalk Hill:
Fountain's buckboard left the road just past a place called Chalk
Hill, where the road cuts through and the banks are high. A pool of
blood was found where the buckboard carrying the father and son left
the road. Today a historical marker stands just west of Chalk Hill.
The old wagon road is inaccessible as it is part of the White sands
Missile Range, but can be seen south of the road. It was there that
the Fountains’ homeward journey came to an abrupt end.
Masonic Cemetery, Las Cruces:
If the dead could speak, a lot could be learned from a visit to the
Masonic Cemetery in Las Cruces. Thomas Branigan and his wife rest
here. Branigan, a member of the initial search party for the
Fountains, was a community leader in Las Cruces for years. William
Llewellyn, leader of the search party, is buried near Branigan.
Llewellyn, one of Roosevelt’s "Rough Riders” in the Spanish-American
War, was actively involved in the investigation for Fountain's
murderers. Llewellyn’s son Morgan, a guide and interpreter for the
Pinkerton detective on a trip to various sites important to the case,
also rests here.
the famous Sheriff, is here along with his wife and children. Markers
also sit over plots reserved for Colonel Fountain and Henry Fountain,
in the hope that their bodies will one day be found.