Lincoln Historic Site
Lincoln was made famous by the Lincoln County War (1878–1881), one of the most violent periods in New Mexico history. It was then that Billy the Kid forever etched his legend into American history and memory as he escaped the local courthouse, killed two deputies, and rode out of town on a stolen horse. Other famous and infamous Wild West characters populated the town’s only street, later declared “the most dangerous street in America” by President Rutherford B. Hayes.
Today, with its 17 historic structures and Old West feel, Lincoln Historic Site uniquely preserves the town’s construction and character as it was in the 1870s and 1880s. Four of the town’s distinctive Territorial–style adobe buildings are open year-round, while two others operate as seasonal museums.
Visitors to the Old Lincoln County Courthouse, which doubled as a residence, jail and Masonic Lodge, explore exhibitions that recount the details of the Lincoln County War. The historic Tunstall Store features displays of 19th-century merchandise in original shelving and cases.
The state’s most widely visited historic site, Lincoln is maintained and operated with funding from the State of New Mexico. Private contributions through the Museum of New Mexico Foundation are critical in supporting exhibitions and programs that tell the story of this iconic period in New Mexico history.
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