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Lincoln in the 1800's















Lincoln County Guns

Lincoln Co. Courthouse

La Iglesia de San Juan Bautist

Tunstall's Store

Pat Garrett

Susan McSween

John Chisum

Gov. Lew Wallace


NOTELincoln County events and ranch  tours are conducted from May-September annually by the Lincoln County Historical Society
 with reservations to each event strongly recommended.  Participants limited to 40 individuals.  $10. donation per participant is requested at event. 
Wear sturdy shoes as some walking over rough terrain may be necessary.  Bring personal needs items, especially water, snacks, sunscreen, and hat. 
 4x4 wheel drive vehicles to share are desired, if available.   Signed release requested.  Register at
explorenm@yahoo.com.  Contact: 575-648-5586.
 LCHS Board Meetings: usually on 1st Saturday of each month  at 10:00 a.m. -
  Dr. Woods' Annex, 711  Calle la Placita,  Hwy. 380, Lincoln NM.... See Below for January 2015 schedule!
Visitors/Members Welcome to Attend.
January 10,  2015, 10 a.m.
LCHS Board Meeting  on this date @ The Dolan House, 826 Calle la Placita, (Hwy. 380)
in Lincoln, NM. 
 General discussion of events planned for 2015. Also, a discussion of Winter
 activities planned for the Archives in Dr. Woods' Annex. .  Volunteers are needed over the winter months to help with
archival data entryDutch Treat Lunch at The Dolan House following the meeting!
See the Calendar page for other scheduled activities...
Remember, 2015 Annual Membership Dues are now due...$25.00 per family
$60. per Sponsoring, $250. per Life, and $10/yr. per Student
Please make out your check and send to Lincoln County Historical Society, P.O.Box 91, Lincoln, NM 88338
Saturday, January 17, 2 p.m.,
Community Church, Hwy. 380, Lincoln, NM
WOMEN MARKED FOR HISTORY Presentation and Book Signing!

Authors Phil  and wife, Roseaane Archuletta, will present information on the history of the Women of New Mexico historical road markers.  The project began in 1935.  The couple will discuss the Women's Initiative and their success in getting the funding for the initial 64 women's markers.  The compilation of these first 64 markers is the subject of their book, Women Marked for History This book is a culmination of four years of exploration into the lives of women who contributed to the people and communities of the magnificent state of New Mexico.  Women Marked for History fills in the details on the stories behind the names. There are rich and poor, military and civilian, mothers, wives and daughters, but all in some way contributed to the betterment of their communities and their state.
A  discussion of the creation of the book and stories of the women in the area will also be explored at the presentation.  A book signing will follow.
For More Information, See: 
Other tentative events being planned for 2015 include :
March:  a Chautauqua dramatic performance about the Saga of Diamond Bessie by Susi Wolf,
April 18, 2015, 2 p.m.:  Lynda Sanchez, Apache Legends and Lore, and others, Presentation and Book Signings
Also in
April:  Bonito Valley Cemetery Tour,
May:  Hondo Valley Ranch Tours to the Flying H Ranch and Jimmy Dolan/Tunstall Ranch
June:  Book Presentation and Signing: Outlaws Along The Rio Grande by Paul Harden
July:  Book Presentation and Signing: The Death of Billy the Kid  by Rick Geary
to be announced !

May 4, 2013
-  1 p.m.  Meet and Greet Event and Book Signing
for Dr. William W. Dunmire.
May 18, 2013:  Ranch Tour:   Our host, Sterling Spencer guided participants to the historic Bar-W Ranch, north of Carrizozo. 
June 22, 2013:  I Bar X Ranch Tour, near Carrizozo, NM

October 19, 2013:  Tour of the Historic La Luz Pottery Factory, La Luz, NM (Between Alamogordo and Tularosa, NM) on Fresnel
Canyon Road 

2014 Events:

October 16, 2014 Board Meeting and Annual Pot Luck Lunch, with Guest Speaker, Dr. Cyntbia Orozco
Dr.  Orozco is a Professor of History at ENMU in Ruidoso, NM. 
Dr. Orozco
is a specialist in Hispanic women’s history and is the author of over 50 articles and several books including No Women, or Dogs Allowed: The Rise of the Mexican-American Civil Rights Movement which has been critically acclaimed.  Dr. Orozco is a native of Texas.  She got her BA at the 
University  of Texas at Austin and her MA and PhD at UCLA. She taught at the University. of New Mexico before moving to
Lincoln County where she and her husband have business interests and a ranch.    

March 15, 2014:  In recognition of the historic meeting on March 17, 1879 between then- NM Governor Lew Wallace and
William Bonney, aka Billy the Kid,
 there will be a program with Dr. Noel Pugach, who will perform as Governor Wallace.   At that
meeting, Bonney agreed to testify against participants in the Lincoln County War in exchange for a pardon from Gov.
 The program will be at 2:00 p.m. in the San Juan Mission on Hwy. 380 in Lincoln, NM.   Call (575) 653-4372 for more
May 17: Mining and gold panning tour... a demonstration by two area miners,
             to include viewing the Old Parsons Mine,  the American,
and Helen Rae
in Lincoln National Forest.and the Vera Cruz Mine on Vera Cruz Mountain.  Picnic lunch together afterwards!   4x4 vehicles
desired; we will car pool together. Participants limited to 40 registrants.
Register at explorenm@yahoo.com.  Contact: 575-648-5586.
Mike Bilbo, Outdoor Recreation Planner for the Roswell BLM Office and Joan Price of the Jornada Research Institute in Tularosa, NM led our
group on
a tour of  Upper Bonito River  petroglyph sites.   These sites are 

Goggle Man on Indian Rock             
                                                                                                     Joan Price and Mike Bilbo, our guides
located on private roads behind Fort Stanton.   Etched on these rocks are depictions of an ancient people known as
the  Jornada Mogollon (1000-1400 A.D.) who have long since left the area. 
See: www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/prog/recreation/roswell/rio_bonito_petroglyphs.html  
Very little evidence has stood  the test of time, but here on these sites,  Petroglyphs remain a link to the culture and
 lifestyle of these ancient people.  Twenty-Nine carloads of participants attended this event. 
We also visited the Old Brewery Ruins on the Upper Bonito River Trail.   Then, we visited an entrance to Snowy
Cave where Mike Bilbo shared information about the current problems with bat diseases being studied at this site. 
Thanks to Mike and
Joan for making this a very enjoyable and educational event.

July 15 - July 19, 1878 - Five Infamous Days in Lincoln County History
On July 15, 1878, The Dolan-Murphy faction faced off with Billy the Kid and the Regulators on Main Street in Lincoln, NM.  On July 19, cavalry
from Fort Stanton arrived on the scene, 
climaxing the four-day gunfight and siege that resulted in the death of McSween and the scattering of the Regulators.  AT 11:30  a.m. on July 19, 2014, LCHS member Steve Moore led  a walking tour of participants, pointing out the action and locations o
 the documented evidence of the events of these five days.
  This is the core event that put Lincoln County into the history books.
August: Old Lincoln Days, August 1-3, 2014, http://www.nmmonuments.org/lincoln
Parade @ 11 a.m. on Sunday morning
Old Lincoln Days has been celebrated the first full week-end in August since 1939, with the exception of two years during World War II.
Visitors will enjoy re-enactors, music, performances of the Last Escape of Billy the Kid, performed on Friday and Saturday evenings
(8:30 p.m.)  and Sunday afternoon (3 p.m.) 
(Stadium Seats and Umbrella's Welcome!!)   following the parade @ 11 a.m. on Sunday
morning (Calle la Placita). 
LCHS OPEN HOUSE - Dr. Woods' Annex, 711 Calle la Placita
Lincoln  Historic Site is unique in that it manages most of the historical buildings in the community of Lincoln. This most widely
 visited State Historic Site in New Mexico and is part of a community frozen in time—the 1870's and 1880's:


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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