ABOUT US AND
MISSION & VISION
very proud of our tradition of representing
the entire spectrum of individuals who
reside in Lincoln County. Our membership is
diversified, including young people, working
professionals, ranchers, old timers,
artists, retirees and many others. Several
of our members commute to our meetings from
as far away as Las Cruces, Albuquerque,
Alamogordo, Roswell and El Paso. We also
work closely with archaeological
organizations, as we believe that history
and archaeology are part of the same
mission is to help preserve, enhance and
interpret regional history, as well as to
foster a love and respect for the fragile
in the country possess the heritage and the
famous personalities of the Old West that
have made Lincoln County the focus of
national attention since the 1800’s.
Beginning with the Apache Wars and
continuing through the Lincoln County War —
Fort Stanton, the Buffalo Soldiers, Billy
the Kid, Pat Garrett, Black Jack; Pershing;
it all happened here.
Lincoln County, once the largest county in the United States and a fourth the
size of New Mexico, was founded in 1869. Dominated by the Sacred Mountain of
the Apache, Sierra Blanca, Lincoln County is a colorful mosaic of ranchlands,
forest, historical sites, and exquisite natural beauty.
Once one of the wildest of
all western towns, Lincoln is considered by many historians to be the most
authentic old west town remaining in the United States. The single road
through town was once described as "the most dangerous street in America".
Among the many Lincoln landmarks is the Murphy / Dolan store- which became the
Lincoln courthouse and jail- which became famous when Billy the Kid escaped in
1881, killing two deputies in the process. Legend has it - one of the bullet
holes from Billy's gun still decorates the courthouse wall.