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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 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 :
 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 Attend.
Next meeting:  May 2, 2015, 10 a.m.
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 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 Marilynb@pvtnetworks.net  or telephone : 575-653-4360 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 Office
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
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 Information!!
2014 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 

Goggle Man on Indian Rock              Ft. Stanton Brewery
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.

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:


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

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, please visit: www.wolfsongcreative.com.


April 18, 2015, Ruidoso Public Library, 11 a.m.,
107 Kansas 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.

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.
 Contact for further information: Karen Mills, Archivist, Carrizozo Court House, 575-648-2306, ext. 137 or


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