Lincoln County, once the largest county in the United
States and a fourth the size of New Mexico, was founded in
1869. Dominated by the Sacred Mountain of the Apache,
Sierra Blanca, Lincoln County is a colorful mosaic of
ranchlands, forest, historical sites, and exquisite
Once one of the wildest of all
western towns, Lincoln is considered by many historians to
be the most authentic old west town remaining in the
United States. The single road through town was once
described as "the most dangerous street in America". Among
the many Lincoln landmarks is the Murphy / Dolan store-
which became the Lincoln courthouse and jail- which became
famous when Billy the Kid escaped in 1881, killing two
deputies in the process. Legend has it - one of the bullet
holes from Billy's gun still decorates the courthouse
Lincoln County Historical Society
711 Calle la Placita
P.O. Box 91
Lincoln, New Mexico 88338
Open by appointment
Burchett at 575-653-4360 for more information!
Volunteers are needed to meet, greet, sell books, and take donations at the
LCHS Offices at Dr. Woods' House on Hwy. 380, (711 Calle la Placita) Lincoln, NM on weekends from
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Any current member
wishing to help the Historical Society in this endeavor, please contact
Board Member, Earlayne Chance (575-808-8277)
THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT !!
We critically need help from our members in the
following areas. If you are willing to help, please contact Beverly
or Marilyn Burchett, Secretary (575)653-4360
Newsletter – We need help
gathering information, writing, and producing the Quarterly Newsletter.
Archives – We need cataloging
and updating our Archives in the Past Perfect software.
Library – We need help
cataloging and entering book information using Past Perfect.
Old Lincoln Town, 1880's