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                     Billy the Kid


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

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 is located on Highway 380, 12 miles east of Capitan.
For more information, please call 575-653-4025
For more information call 575-653-4025, visit our website at 
http://nmhistoricsites.org/lincoln, or our Facebook page at 

Admission to Lincoln Historic Site is $5 per adult.  Children and veterans are always admitted for free. 

There will be seven museums and the Torreon open on the day of the grand opening. 

Local merchants will be open providing food, beverages, and souvenirs. 



              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: These are conducted during the summer months on Saturdays at noon at the Visitor Center.
 Titles will be  posted at the Tunstall Museum, Visitor Center, and Courthouse Museum. 

Summer Hours:  The Old Lincoln Courthouse, the Visitor Center and Museums are Open  from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Museum admission to all Lincoln Historic Site buildings is $5 for adults, ages 16 and under are free. Cash and checks are accepted. Tickets can be purchased at the Visitor Center or Courthouse Museum.  
      Open daily 8:30am to 4:30pm. 

For more information call 575-653-4025, visit our website at 

      http://nmhistoricsites.org/lincoln, or our Facebook page at 





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 co
mmunities 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:

Please see "Programs" page on this site for LCHS Summer events!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Fort Stanton Live !!
July 2016

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 anytime, year round.  The annual Fort Stanton Live! event brings costumed re-enactors 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.


Old Lincoln Days  (First Full Weekend in August, 2016)
Street vendors, food, parade  'Last Escape of Billy the Kid' pageant performances. 


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….
  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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