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Lincoln Historic Site

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Lincoln, New Mexico 88338

Lincoln Historic Site is unique in that it manages most of the historical buildings in the community of Lincoln. This most widely visited state monument in New Mexico is part of a community frozen in time—the 1870’s and 1880’s. Through a gift from the Hubbard Family Trust, the historic site now includes 17 structures and outbuildings, 7 of which are open year round and 2 more seasonally as museums. Most of the buildings in the community are representative of the Territorial Style of adobe architecture in the American Southwest.

Lincoln is a town made famous by one of the most violent periods in New Mexico history. Today’s visitors can see the Old Lincoln County Courthouse with museum exhibits that recount the details of the Lincoln County War and the historic use of the “House” as store, residence, Masonic Lodge, courthouse, and jail. Walk in the footsteps of Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, and other famous and infamous characters of the Wild West. Trace the events of 1878 through the Courthouse and the Tunstall Store, with their preserved 19th-century atmosphere.

Remarkably, the Tunstall Store contains displays of the original 19th-century merchandise in the original shelving and cases! Continue your walk through history by visiting El Torreón (a defensive tower built by native New Mexican settlers in the 1850s), the San Juan Mission Church, the Convento, Dr. Woods’ House, the Montaño store and other historic structures throughout the town. The Anderson-Freeman Visitor’s Center & Museum features historical exhibits in a timeline starting with American Indian prehistory and ending with the Lincoln County War. A 22 minute video about the Lincoln County War and the community is shown every half hour.

The importance of this community and the significance of the Bonito Valley in the prehistory and history of the Territory of New Mexico are interpreted within some of the 17 structures that comprise Lincoln Historic Site. These historic adobe and stone buildings are preserved as they were in the late 1800s and represent the factions involved in the Lincoln County War, 1878-1881.

Visiting Information

Hours and Days of Operation:
Open 9:00am to 5:00pm 7 days a week.  (7 of the 9 buildings begin closing at 4:30). Closed New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

Admission Prices:
Adults – $5.00
Children 17 and under – Free
New Mexico Senior Citizens (60+) – Free on Wednesdays
New Mexico Residents – Free the 1st Sunday of Every Month
Blue Star Program for Active Duty Military Families (up to 5 family members) – Free Memorial Day through Labor Day
New Mexico foster parents and foster children are admitted free

Phone: 575-653-4025

Lincoln is approximately 15 miles east of Capitan on U.S. 380

Lincoln, NM. 15 miles east of Capitan on U.S. 380 or 10 miles west from the intersection of US 380 and US 70.

Visiting Etiquette:
Enjoy your visit. Take nothing but memories. Leave nothing but footprints.

5 to 7 museums are open to the public, depending on the season, and most are wheelchair accessible. A small park is available for picnicking, and there is ½ mile hiking trail along the Rio Bonito. There is one restaurant in Lincoln Historic District (The Dolan House – closed Wed. & Thurs.), 2 B&B’s – the Dolan House and the Wortley Hotel. There are no service stations in Lincoln but fuel is available 12 miles west in Capitan and 10 miles east in Hondo. Capitan also has 5 restaurants and the Smokey Bear Motel. The Lincoln National Forest has camping at Baca Campground 10 miles west and north of Lincoln.

All museums are wheelchair accessible except for the second floor of the Courthouse.

Dining Options:
There is one restaurant in the Lincoln Historical District (The Dolan House – closed Wed. & Thurs.) and several restaurants in Capitan.

Photo Policy:
Amateur photography is allowed inside the buildings. Professional photography is allowed with prior written approval. Contact the Historic Site at (575)653-4025 for details.

Nearby Attractions:

Smokey Bear Historical Park is 12 miles west in Capitan.
The Hubbard Museum of the American West is 34 miles by U.S.380 & U.S.70 in Ruidoso Downs.
Valley of Fires National Recreation Area is 34 miles west on U.S.380.
The Roswell Museum and Art Center and The International U.F.O. Museum and Research Center are 57 miles east in Roswell.
In addition Ruidoso, Ruidoso Downs, and the Mescalero Apache Reservation have a downhill ski resort, 4 public golf courses, 2 casinos, and a horse race track.

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Accessed: 09/25/2019

Historic Photo of the Rustic Courthouse in Lincoln, NM
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