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Lincoln Historic District
Lincoln, Lincoln County, New Mexico

Lincoln Historic District is a historic district encompassing the community of Lincoln, New Mexico. It includes a number of buildings, including Wright House, Dr. Wood's Office, and the Watson House, Curry Saloon, Wortley Hotel, Penfield Shop and Home, Tunstall Store, Old Mill, Ellis Store, Old Courthouse, Montano Store.

It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960. The National Park Service reviewer of the site, who visited in 1974, believed, then, that it was the best preserved cow town in the United States.

Seventeen of the buildings are owned by the state of New Mexico and operated as the Lincoln State Monument.  Four of the buildings are open as museums year round, and two are open seasonally.

The town is notable for its famous residents who participated in the Lincoln County War, and as the site of Billy the Kid's most famous escape in April 1881.

  • Lincoln Historic District is on U.S. Route 380.

Lincoln Historic Marker
Lincoln, Lincoln County, New Mexico

[Side A]
Spanish-speaking settlers established a town here in the 1850s, after the U.S. Army began to control the Mescalero Apaches. First known as Las Placitas del Río Bonito, the name of the community was changed to Lincoln when Lincoln County was created in 1869.

[Side B]
Center of the turbulent Lincoln County War, 1876-79, a land and cattle feud marked by violence on both sides. Lincoln's historic landmarks include the Murphy-Dolan store, which later became the Lincoln County Courthouse, the store of John Henry Tunstall, whose murder set off the hostilities, and the house of Alexander McSween, where the final battle was fought.

  • Lincoln Historic Marker is in Lincoln, New Mexico, in Lincoln County, on U.S. 380 at milepost 97.4, on the right when traveling east.  It is near Lincoln, New Mexico, in Lincoln County, on U.S. 380 at milepost 98.5, on the right when traveling west.

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