(Lincoln NM)
Once the county seat, old Lincoln was a hot spot of early New Mexico history; and as a result, has been made into a state monument. Mexican settlers, hostile Indians, murderous entrepreneurs and ranchers, and a famous outlaw left their mark.

Stone tower

Lincoln Torreón

Originally settled by Mexican pioneers who named it Placitas del Rio Bonito. However, they chose a location near and dear to the natives. So, they had to build a stone tower fortress in which to hide during Apache raids. They must have been thrilled when the Indian Wars ended and the Mescalero Apache Reservation was established just 13 miles away.

Catholic Church

Iglesia de San Juan-Bautista Mission

Mercatile building

Montaña Store

The town was the epicenter for the Lincoln County War (1876-79). Rival merchants Murphy & Dolan and Tunstall & McSween fought to control ranching and commerce. Each formed their own militia with violent and deadly results. When the courts failed them, they turned to cattle rustling, arson, gunfights and mayhem. Three years of feuding led to a five day shootout in town. Soldiers from nearby Fort Stanton (once commanded by Kit Carson during the Indian Wars) were finally called in to end the conflict.

Historic home in Lincoln

Dolan House

County courthouse

Lincoln Courthouse

Billy the Kid was arrested by Sheriff Pat Garrett and jailed in the county courthouse there. But, he didn’t want to stay. He somehow got a gun and shot his way out killing two guards and a citizen during the escape. He was later found by a posse and gunned down by Sheriff Garrett.


Old shops in Lincoln

After so much excitement, I was ready for a free camp in the mountains. A spot with a view of the Capitan Mountains did nicely.  There were only two other campers and a decent internet signal.

Camp: Snowy River Cave NCA – Rob Jagger BLM Camp
Scene: Old town, historic buildings

Also see: Billy the Kid

4 Responses to Lincoln

  1. gumo May 27, 2015 at 1:56 pm #

    Nice country. I really enjoy that countryside near Ruidoso, NM.

    I hope you get a chance to explore it and Cloudcroft.

    Thanks for taking us along on your travels.

    • Pleinguy May 27, 2015 at 3:35 pm #

      It’s a pretty area for sure. A bit higher and cooler than south Texas though.

  2. Judie Ashford May 27, 2015 at 5:56 pm #

    Always so much to photograph in Lincoln! Love it there.

    Virtual hugs,


    • Pleinguy May 27, 2015 at 6:04 pm #

      An interesting place was Lincoln. Thanks for commenting Judie.

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