Lincoln 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 suggested 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.
Arrive Early! Register at
or telephone :
LCHS Board Meetings: on 1st Saturday of each month at 10:00 a.m.
Dr. Woods' Annex,
711 Calle la Placita,
Hwy. 380, Lincoln NM....
Visitors/Members Welcome to
Next meeting: May 2, 2015, 10 a.m.
LCHS Board Meeting: General
discussion of events planned for 2015. Volunteers are currently needed
archival data entry. Dutch 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
April 25, 9:30 a.m. @ Ft. Stanton Museum Parking
Lot: Bonito Valley Cemetery Tour, $10 donation, see NOTE above!
The LCHS will conduct a tour of the Bonito Valley and Fort
Stanton Cemeteries to visit the grave locations of many of the
participants of the Lincoln County War. Meet at the Fort Stanton Museum
Parking Lot at 9 a.m. to sign waivers. Car pooling to the old Fort
Stanton Cemetery in high clearance vehicles will be necessary.
Pre-Registration is highly recommended as registrants are limited to
40 individuals. Pre-Register at
or telephone :
Please gas-up, wear sturdy shoes, hats, etc. and bring bug spray, water
and any other desired personal items.
Other events planned
for 2015 include :
May 9, Dragoons at Fort Stanton Cave, Mike Bilbo, Roswell BLM
Outdoor Recreation Planner, 9:30 a.m. at Fort Stanton.
May 16, 9:30 a.m. @ Silver Dollar
Restaurant in Tinnie: Hondo Valley Ranch Tours to the
Feliz Canyon Ranch
and Jimmy Dolan/Tunstall Ranch... more information later!
June 13: Book Presentation and Signing: Outlaws Along The Rio
Grande by Paul Harden
July 18: Book Presentation and Signing: The Death of Billy the
Kid by Rick Geary. $10. donation
August 7, 8, and 9th:
OLD LINCOLN DAYS
LCHS OPEN HOUSE, Aug. 7-8, 10 A.M. TO 4 P.M.
August 15, 9 a.m.: Rock Art Tour,
Advance Reservations Recommended!!! See NOTE above!
SEPTEMBER: Book Signings for Gary Cozzens' Tres Ritos
book and Earl Pittman's Rebels in the Rockies book!
Also John LeMay's book on Billy the Kid !
And in September: CANYONS OF NEW MEXICO
October 3, 2015
Brief Business Meeting, Pot Luck Luncheon
Watch this site for more
October 16, 2014 Board Meeting and Annual Pot Luck Lunch,
with Guest Speaker, Dr. Cynthia Orozco
Dr. Orozco is a Professor of History at ENMU in Ruidoso, NM.
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.
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.
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.
May 17: Mining and gold panning tour... a
demonstration by two area miners,
to include viewing the Old
Parsons Mine, the
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
Participants limited to 40 registrants.
BONITO RIVER ROCK ART SITES TOUR
Mike Bilbo, Outdoor Recreation Planner for the Roswell BLM Office and Joan
Price of the Jornada Research Institute in Tularosa, NM led
a tour of Upper Bonito River petroglyph sites.
These sites are
Goggle Man on Indian Rock
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:
Thanks to Mike Bilbo and
Joan Price for making this a very enjoyable and
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
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
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,
Parade @ 11 a.m. on
FIRST WEEKEND IN AUGUST:
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
(Stadium Seats and
Umbrella's Welcome!!) following the parade
@ 11 a.m. on
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
Historic Site in New Mexico and is part of a community frozen in time—the 1870's and
Saturday, January 17, 2 p.m.,
WOMEN MARKED FOR HISTORY Presentation and Book Signing!
Authors Phil and
wife, Roseaane Archuletta,presented information on the history of the
Women of New Mexico historical road markers. The project began in
1935. The couple discussed
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,
Marked for History
fills in the details on the stories behind the names. A book signing followed.
For More Information, See:
Saturday, March 14, 2015, 2 p.m., Community Church in Lincoln, NM:
The LCHS and the
New Mexico Humanities Council have scheduled a one-woman show, “The Saga of
Diamond Bessie; A Tale of Love and Murder”.
This one-woman Chautauqua event, created and performed by
Susi Wolf, a professional storyteller, will be open to adults only, due to
the mature content presented. Donation of $10. for the LCHS will be
appreciated. The 45-minute drama will be followed with a Question and
Answer Session with Ms. Wolf. For more information on the program,
April 18, 2015, Ruidoso Public Library, 11 a.m.,
City Road, Ruidoso, NM, 11 a.m.:
Lynda A. Sanchez, author of Apache Legends and Lore,
Presentation and Book Signing
This book is a story of friendships, cultural bridges, and includes not only
the legends and folk tales but also a general history for the novice reader
and short biographical sketches of the main individuals who networked to
preserve rich stories being lost at a rapid rate.
See LCHS Publications
page for more information on this publication!
Lincoln County is in the process of making available to
the public an extensive archive of Lincoln County
newspapers going back
to the 1800s.
for further information: Karen Mills, Archivist, Carrizozo Court House,
575-648-2306, ext. 137 or