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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


NOTE:  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 requestedArrive Early! 
Register at
   Marilynb@pvtnetworks.net or telephone : 575-653-4360
 LCHS Board Meetings: usually on 1st Saturday of each month  at 10:00 a.m. - Please check programs listings below.
 Dr. Woods' Annex, 711  Calle la Placita,  Hwy. 380, Lincoln NM.... Dutch Treat Luncheon afterwards (12 - 1 pm) at The Dolan House, 826 Calle la Placita in Lincoln.


Visitors/Members Welcome to Attend.

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
Upcoming 2015 Events:

New listing coming soon:

Watch this site for more Upcoming 2015 Information!!
2015  Past Events

Bonita Petroglyph Tour will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2015.
Meet at the Fort Stanton Museum at 9 am. Mike Bilbo with the
Bureau of Land Management will give the tour.

The annual Lincoln County Historical Society meeting will be held on
Saturday, October 10, 2015
at the Ruidoso Community Center
(the old Senior Center), 501 Sudderth, Ruidoso, NM. Election of officers will be held.
The meeting will have a potluck lunch.

On October 18, 2015, the National Geographic channel will have a special on authenticating a
second photograph of Billy the Kid.

August 15, 9 a.m.:  Rock Art Tour with Mike Bilbo, BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner, Advance Reservations are a MUST... Limited Number of Attendees:  40. $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 requestedArrive Early!  Register at
or telephone :

August 9:  Book Presentation and Signing by Rick Geary at 10 a.m. (-1 p.m.) at the Old San Juan Church on Hwy. 380/ Calle la Placita.  The graphic book is on The True Death of Billy the Kid  A $10. donation  to LCHS is suggested.  After 1 p.m., Mr. Geary's book signing will be moved to Dr. Woods' Annex, 711 Calle la Placita where he will be available to "meet & greet" the public during the Old Lincoln Days events. 

August 7, 8, and 9th OLD LINCOLN DAYS,
See Calendar Page for events calendar

LCHS  OPEN HOUSE,  Aug. 7-8, 10 A.M. TO 4 P.M.
Open:  Sunday, August 9, 1- 3 p.m. (Rick Geary Book Signing)

July 18, 2015, Board Meeting, LCHS, 10 a.m. at Dr. Woods' Annex, 711 Calle la Placita,  Final plans for upcoming programs.  Dutch Treat Luncheon at The Dolan House, 827 Calle la Placita;   Members and volunteers return to Woods' Annex to work on Archives; visitors/members welcome to attend.~~~

June 13:   Outlaws Along The Rio Grande, a presentation by speaker,  Paul Harden, President of the Socorro Historical Society.... :This talk focused  on outlaws of the Southern Rio Grande region  (outlaws, besides Billy the Kid!!)  Mr. Harden is an electrical engineer with the Very Large Array radiotelescope in San Augustin and Socorro, NM.
A $10. Donation to the LCHS  is kindly suggested!

Sunday,  June 14: 2 - 5 p.mMeet 'n Greet @  Soul of the West Bootique,  407 Central Ave. in Carrizozo.   Noted authors Rick Geary, Earl Pittman and Gary Cozzens will had  their books available and for signing.  Refreshments and discounts on Soul of the West merchandise for LCHS members, including those who joined at during the event.  
Contact Gwen Rogers at 575-937-6655 or gwen.ann@hotmail.com

May 16
Hondo Valley Ranch Tour to the Feliz Canyon Ranch and Jimmy Dolan/Tunstall Ranch... We toured the  historically famous James J. Dolan and John Henry Tunstall houses on the Felix River. 

Stops were made at the Tunstall house, an old rock dugout where Billy the  Kid is said to have called home while working for Mr. Tunstall, and the Dolan house.  The tour was limited to 40 participants....

May 9, Dragoons at Fort Stanton Cave, Mike Bilbo, Roswell BLM Office Outdoor Recreation Planner, presentation was held at Fort Stanton Officer's Quarters.

 May 2, 2015  LCHS Board Meeting:
 General discussion of events planned for 2015.  Volunteers are currently needed to help with
archival data entryDutch Treat Lunch at The Dolan House following the meeting!
See the Calendar page for other scheduled Lincoln Historic Site activities...
April 18, 2015, Ruidoso Public Library,  107 Kansas City Road, Ruidoso, NM Lynda A. S`anchez, 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!

April 25, 9:30 a.m. @ Ft. Stanton Museum Parking Lot:  Bonito Valley & Old Ft. Stanton Cemeteries Tours, $10 donation,
The LCHS conducted 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. Car pooling to the old Fort Stanton Cemetery, thence traveling east on Hwy. 380 to Lincoln, NM cemetery's, and thence eastward to private cemeteries,
Dolan-Fritz-Worwerk Cemeteries..

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 2 p.m., Community Church in Lincoln, NM: The LCHS and the New Mexico Humanities
Council scheduled a one-woman show, “The Saga of Diamond Bessie; A Tale of Loveand Murder”.  This one-woman Chautauqua event,
created and performed by Susi Wolf, a professional storyteller, was open to adults only, due to the mature content presented.
The 45-minute drama was followed with a Question and Answer Session with Ms. Wolf. For more information on the program, please visit: www.wolfsongcreative.com

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

Women Marked for History
 fills in the details on the stories behind the names.  A book signing followed.   For More Information, See:  www.womenmarkedforhistory.com
2014 Past Events:
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.  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. 

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.  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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 
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  
  Thanks to Mike Bilbo and Joan Price for making this a very enjoyable and educational event.

Goggle Man on Indian Rock

 Ft. Stanton Brewery

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, cavalryfrom 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 of the documented evidence of the events of these five days.
  This is the core event
that put Lincol n 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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