LINCOLN STATE MONUMENT: OLD LINCOLN COUNTY COURTHOUSE

Skipworth Dr, Lincoln, New Mexico

All of 'Old Lincoln' is an historic district. In a sense, you’re walking through a museum there. Many of these these are more preserved historical sites than hard-core museums. The Courthouse is one of only six State Monuments in New Mexico. The core of the historical importance here is the Lincoln County War and its players, which include Billy the Kid (he made a famous escape from the Courthouse), Sheriff Pat Garrett, John Chisum, Alexander McSween and John Tunstall. Walking through all of these museums/locations gives one the sense of the way things were. The Courthouse seems almost untouched. Take a picture next to an image of the famous life-sized tintype blow-up of Billy. Annual events: Old Lincoln Days Celebrations the first weekend in August; Christmas Eve in Old Lincoln Dec 24 (7 p.m. Episcopalian service, 10 p.m. Catholic Mass). Location: 12 miles east of Capitan on U.S. 380 (30 miles north of Ruidoso). Hours: Courthouse & Montaño Store 8:30-5 daily; Dr. Woods Mansion & Tunstall Store 9-5 daily. Cost: $6 for entrance to seven sites including the Anderson-Freeman Museum; NM residents 1/2 price on Suns (60+ free on Weds); otherwise $3.50 per location. 16 and under free with paid adult.