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Historic Lincoln, NM - September 2005

Lincoln is a village forgotten by time. Its only street is lined with adobe homes and buildings dating from its colorful and often violent past. There are no gas stations or convenience stores in Lincoln, and only one public telephone. It wasn't always so peaceful. Gunshots, some fired by the infamous outlaw Henry McCarty alias William H. Bonney (Billy the Kid) often echoed in the surrounding hills during Lincoln's territorial days.

Today's visitors can see the Old Lincoln County Courthouse Museum and walk in the footsteps of Pat Garrett, Billy the Kid, and other characters of the Old West--famous or obscure. Because it looks much as it did a century ago, it isn't hard to picture the Kid's escape from the courthouse jail, the shootouts, and the more peaceful inhabitants taking cover as bullets flew.
 

   
   
 

"Old Lincoln Days" are celebrated the first full weekend in August each year with a reenactment of Billy the Kid's escape, a parade, fiddler's contest and other festivities. A visit to Lincoln is a step back in time. Thanks are due the Lincoln County Heritage Trust for its role in preserving it. Stage setting below.

 

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Keith liked the burros...
   
The Smokey Bear Museum and Park, located in Capitan, New Mexico, pays tribute to a courageous little bear that has become the nation's symbol for fighting and preventing forest fires. Smokey's body is buried in the park that bears his name. The museum is open to all. From this location, one can see the beautiful Capitan Mountains, where the fire started many years ago.  More on Smokey Bear (click here).

 

Smokey's Grave

   

Smokey's Grave

Smokey's Grave