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Lincoln County Guns

Lincoln Co. Courthouse

Lincoln in the 1800's

La Iglesia de San Juan Bautist

Tunstall's Store

Pat Garrett

Susan McSween

John Chisum

Gov. Lew Wallace



 For more information on these activities, please call Visitor Center: (575) 653-4372.
Lincoln HIstoric Site www.nmhistoricsites.org/lincoln

Lincoln Historic Site is unique in that it manages most of the historical buildings in the community of Lincoln. This most widely visited state monument in New Mexico is part of a community frozen in time—the 1870's and 1880's.  The importance of this community and the significance of the Bonito Valley in the prehistory and history of the Territory of New Mexico are interpreted within some of the 17 structures that comprise Lincoln Historic Site. These historic adobe and stone buildings are preserved as they were in the late 1800s and represent the factions involved in the Lincoln County War, 1878-1881.


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              Lincoln Historic Site  Attractions Open 7 days a week, 8:30am to 4:30pm, year round. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Years Day, and Easter
Downtown Lincoln, NM


A-Old Lincoln County Courthouse
B-Sheriff Brent's House1-Wortley Hotel

C-Watson Home
D-San Juan Church
E-Torreon-Oldest structure in Lincoln County
G-Dolan House
2-Dr. Wood's Home-
2a-Dr. Wood's Annex-  711 Calle La Placita-LCHS
3-Site of McSween Home
4-Gallegos House
5-Historical Center
6-Pageant Grounds

7-Visitors Center
8-Montano Store
9-Casa de Patron
10-Ellis Store 


Lincoln Historic Site  RANGER TALKS: Beginning on Sept. 13 @ noon.,  these will be conducted on Saturdays at noon at the Visitor Center. Titles will be posted at the Tunstall Museum, Visitor Center, and Courthouse Museum.   http://www.nmmonuments.org/lincoln

Summer, 2014
Lower Level, 713 Calle la Placita, next to Dr.Woods' Annex
Cowboy Poet/Musician Mike Moutoux entertained folks in the park over the summer.. here are a few photos from these events!!

Contact Friends of Old Lincoln Town or Lincoln Historical Site for more information

Old Lincoln Days  (August 1-2-3, 2014)
Street vendors, food, parade  'Last Escape of Billy the Kid' pageant performances. 
SEE:  http://www.nmmonuments.org/lincoln


The first full weekend in August includes:
Parade (Sunday morning, 11 a.m.)
Last Escape of Billy the Kid Pageant
Friday and Saturday evenings (8:30 p.m.)  and Sunday afternoon (3 p.m.) 
(Stadium Seats and Umbrella's Welcome for the afternoon performance!!)

 Living History Re-Enactments:
  working blacksmith, an authentic chuck wagon, gun fights, dancing girls
            Artisan’s Demonstrations
            Food and Live Entertainment
            Historical Lectures, Book Signings and more….

Christmas Eve lighting of the luminarias along highway 380 at dusk...
Candles will be lit beginning at 4 p.m.
One Night Only!
Tentative: Christmas in Old Lincoln (December) Christmas celebration with 1880's period costume contest. Visit with Santa, tour historic Lincoln, door prizes, fun for kids, carolers, merchants provide treats and entertainment.
Great food and more!

Great news for Carrizozo and Lincoln County
 Santa Fe : Governor Susana Martinez today announced that seven rural communities in New Mexico have been awarded technical assistance and services from the newly-created Frontier Communities Initiative.
Signed into law by Governor Martinez in April 2013, the initiative is a community economic development partnership coordinated through the Economic Development Department's MainStreet Program. The following communities were selected to receive assistance from the Frontier Communities Initiative: Carrizozo, Columbus, Hurley, Madrid, Historic Route 66 (Moriarity section), Santa Clara and Wagon Mound.
"This program will strengthen some of our treasured historic communities in New Mexico by creating economic development projects in the heart of some of our most treasured historic rural communities in New Mexico," said Governor Martinez. "With this start, we are confident that these communities will be able to attract more business interest for their areas. We are looking forward to reaping the benefits of this outstanding program."

2015 Events:
High Mesa Artist Studio Tour
Ruidoso/Alto/Nogal area, Lincoln County, NM

April 26-27, 2014, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

"Lincoln County Studio Art Loop Tour" (first weekend after July 4)
A driving tour featuring 30 or so professional artists, exhibiting in their home studios in scenic Lincoln County

email: Artloopstudiotour@gmail.com
Website: http://www.artloop.org

Fort Stanton Live !!
July 2015

Few sites in the nation encompass the breadth of history seen at the Fort Stanton Historic Site.   Early cultures lived along the Bonito River, leaving behind rich archeological evidence of human occupation. The Fort Stanton Historic Site is a must-see attraction when visiting Lincoln County.  Nestled on Highway 220 that bisects the Billy the Kid Scenic Byway, Fort Stanton is situated on 27 acres and surrounded by 1,300 acres of undeveloped BLM land in south-central New Mexico. There are 53 buildings on this historic site.  Visitors are welcome to explore the grounds of Fort Stanton State Monument at any time, year round.  The annual Fort Stanton Live! event brings costumed re-eanactors from the Civil War and Indian Wars era to the Fort for demonstrations, presentations, concert and a military ball which will have visitors dancing into the night!  Additionally, the event brings authors, historians, photographers, artists, and a variety of historical vendors to site to share their crafts and other handiwork.  Local food vendors are on hand to provide sustenance for your day at the Fort as well, so bring a healthy appetite for knowledge, food and fun.

   Lincoln County is in the process of making available to the public an extensive archive of Lincoln County newspapers going back to the 1800s. Contact for further information:  Karen Mills, Archivist, Carrizozo Court House, 575-648-2306, ext. 137 or

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