Corona, New Mexico
In far north Lincoln County the 10-year old Corona Museum shares space in an old hotel with a new lending library. The museum features heirlooms and antiques from local families dating from the late 1800s and early 1900s (including a moonshine still found on a local ranch). If Corona had had an army base in the mid-1940s, the alien 'Roswell Incident' might have been called the 'Corona Incident.' Corona is the closest civilization to the actual site. Location: about 46 miles north of Carrizozo on U.S. 54. Hours: 9-1 Tues, Thurs, Fri; 2-6 Weds; Children’s Story Hour Weds at 4. Cost: free.