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 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.
LCHS Board Meetings: usually on 1st Saturday of each month at
10:00 a.m. -
Dr. Woods' Annex, 711 Calle la
Hwy. 380, Lincoln NM.... See Below for January 2015 schedule!
Visitors/Members Welcome to
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
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
Saturday, January 17, 2 p.m.,
Community Church, Lincoln, NM
WOMEN MARKED FOR HISTORY Presentation and Book Signing!
Phil Archuletta will
kick off the presentation presenting information on the history of the
historical markers. The project began in 1935. He will then 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 our book, Women Marked for History,
The second part of the presentation will be a discussion of the creation
of the book and stories of the women in the area
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
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
August 1-2: OLD LINCOLN DAYS
LCHS OPEN HOUSE, 10 A.M. TO 4 P.M.
SEPTEMBER: CANYONS OF NEW MEXICO,
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,
19, 2013: Tour of the Historic La Luz
Pottery Factory, La Luz, NM (Between Alamogordo and Tularosa, NM) on Fresnel
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.
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.
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
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
Joan Price and Mike Bilbo, our guides
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:
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
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
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