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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 November 1 schedule!
Visitors/Members Welcome to Attend.
November 1,  2014, 9 a.m.
LCHS Board Meeting at Dr. Woods' Annex, 711 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 entry.
OPEN HOUSE, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
In connection with Day of the Dead activities, sponsored by Lincoln Historic Site, the
LCHS Archives will be open to visitors.  Cookies, coffee and Apple Cider will be served
throughout the day. 
Merchants and LHS will be sponsoring activities or services for visitors, including
musical entertainment.
Polly Chavez, LCHS Board Member and newspaper columnist, santera, and descendant of early residents of Lincoln,
will give a talk in Lincoln Historic Site’s Convento Museum in Lincoln at noon and 2 p.m.  on the cultural customs of
Dia de los Muertos and explain the construction of the traditional altar (ofrenda) that is an important
Dia de los Muertos tradition.

See the http://www.Lincoln Historic Site/Lincoln.org website for other scheduled activities...

May 4, 2013 -  1 p.m.  Meet and Greet Event and Book Signing for Dr. William W. Dunmire, Associate in Biology, University of New Mexico, http://wwwbdunmire.com.  Presentation by Professor Dunmire on his new book, New Mexico's Spanish Livestock Heritage: Four Centuries of Animals,
Land and People
(University of New Mexico Press, April 2013).   

May 18, 2013:  Ranch Tour:   Our host, Sterling Spencer guided participants to the historic Bar-W Ranch, north of Carrizozo.  Established
by Wm. C. McDonald,  first statehood NM Governor, g-grandfather of Spencer
 http://carrizozostreetfair.org/cowboy-days/ .


June 22, 2013 I Bar X Ranch Tour, near Carrizozo, NM.  Ranch owners, the Stephenson Family,  conducted a Jeep
 and 4x4 caravan tour of the ranch.  We visited the ancient Indian campsite where ancient petroglyphs are found.... then on to
 the 1940's stone Office building where coal mining was carried out.  Concluding the afternoon at Monument Hill.  This is one
of the oldest and largest ranches in the area.  Many thanks to the Stephensons for a great day of exploration of their property.  
August 2-3-4,  2013
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 @ 10 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:

October 19, 2013:  Tour of the Historic La Luz Pottery Factory, La Luz, NM (Between Alamogordo and Tularosa, NM) on Fresnel
Canyon Road  (see map).  
The factory is  listed on the New Mexico Register of Cultural Properties and the National Register in 1979 and
 was donated to the Tularosa Basin Historical Society for long-term preservation and interpretation.   The La Luz Pottery property contains
235  acres with water rights and the extensive clay pits. 
Pete Eidenbach, Professor of Anthropology and New Mexico History, New Mexico
 State University, Alamogordo, will be conducting the tour. 

For further background information on the history of the Factory, go to

2014 Events:

October 16, 2014Board Meeting and Annual Pot Luck Lunch, with Guest Speaker, Dr. Cyntbia Orozco at
approximately 12:30 p.m.
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.    

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.) 

LCHS OPEN HOUSE - Dr. Woods' Annex, 711 Calle la Placita,
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.

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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