Tinnie Silver Dollar
Let’s go back in time to the days of the Wild West, Desperados, Regulators, Outlaws, Mining Towns and yes even the days of Billy the Kid. New Mexico Territory 1873 a general store and Post office built of adobe and wood, nestled in between the picturesque Hondo River Valley in the town of Analla is where we start.
We all know the history of Billy the Kid, the Regulators and the Lincoln County war, but did you know that Analla General Store and Post office had a part in it all? William Wilson was a ranch hand hired at the Casey Ranch. The story goes that William Wilson was hired by Lawrence Murphy (head of the Murphy/Dolan gang) to murder Robert Casey as the two had opposing political views. Murphy had promised Wilson that he would help him escape the death that was sure to come if he killed Casey as Murphy had his hands in the local law. As promised William Wilson Murdered Robert Casey. Robert Casey was much admired by the other residents of the valley, so they hunted down his killer to bring him to trial. Knowing that Murphy and his Sheriff could not be trusted, the valley folk ask for a Territory Marshall to come hear the case. Wilson was found guilty of Casey’s murder and was sentenced to hang.
As Wilson was on the scaffolding with the noose around his neck, he started to confess. Murphy was able to stand on the scaffolding next to Wilson because he was one of the prominent figures with in the community. When Murphy heard what Wilson was saying he kicked him through the trap door. Wilson hung for 9 and a half minutes before Murphy’s men cut him down. Wilsons body was placed in his box and thought to be dead, when he drew in a breath. Murphy declared that Wilson was hung as sentenced and should be set free! The people of the valley argued that he needed to pay for his crimes and should be hung until dead! William Wilson was hung for just over 20 minutes a second time, at this point he was now dead. Wilson was the first and second person to be legally hung in New Mexico Territory.
Local stories say that there were hangings here at Analla. These outlaws and murders are said to be buried on the property down by the river at the tree line in a small cemetery. There unmarked graves are still present as well as the grave of William Wilson and a young boy belonging to the Analla family. The "hanging tree" still remains, but the branch that was used has been cut off.
Stories also say that Analla was used as a hiding ground for the likes of Billy the Kid as well as the other Regulators during the Lincoln County Wars. They would hide out in the firewood shed in the back of the property.
Bodies were also housed here from time to time in the morgue down in our basement until they could move them to their proper resting place. Many spirits are said to roam both the building and grounds.There are even stairs that lead to nowhere where the morgue was which many people believe help to “confuse” the spirits.
In 1909 the patriarch of the Analla family had passed and many of the Analla family had moved to Texas. The Raymond family purchased the general store and post office and the name was changed to Tinnie after their daughter. The community loved the Raymond family and petitioned to have the town renamed to Tinnie.
Robert O’ Anderson bought Tinnie in 1959 where he added more to the building such as the bell tower, steakhouse and Saloon. Anderson commissioned renowned New Mexico artist and designer, John Meigs to restore the building and oversee the artwork. Many of the artwork came from San Francisco however the carved hardwood bar and back bar which houses a "Haunted Mirror" from the Harvey House came from old Chicago. Many people have said that they have been standing at the bar, looked up into the center mirror and have seen someone standing right behind them: when they turned around, no one was there.
There have been other reports of loud banging as if someone has been trying to bust down a door in the basement; always around the 11:30 pm hour. Others have claimed that they have had the feeling of someone grabbing their hand on the side porch.
Tinnie houses many antiques and paintings, as well as original artwork from the late Peter Hurd and his youngest son Michael.