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.