The town of Lincoln is nestled in the lush green valley of the Rio Bonito in Southeastern New Mexico. It lies on US Route 380 about 57 miles west of Roswell and south of the Lincoln National Forest. Lincoln has been a National Landmark since 1960, and historians often refer to it as the most authentic Old West town remaining in the United States. Spanish settlers arrived in the area during the 1840s. By the 1860s, Lincoln served as a supply center for local ranches, mines, and nearby Fort Stanton. Lincoln merchants vied for lucrative government contracts, and the famous Lincoln County War erupted. As a result, Lincoln holds a unique place in American history, connected with the names of Lew Wallace, Billy the Kid, Sheriff Pat Garrett, and John Chisum. Seventeen historic buildings and four museums highlight the town as well as an annual folk pageant, The Last Escape of Billy the Kid, held since 1949.
Arcadia Publishing
: 9781467130561
: Arcadia Publishing
: 10/14/2013
: New Mexico
: Images of America
: 196 Black And White
: 128
: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
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Well-known New Mexico historian Ray John de Aragón recreates the drama, intrigue, and turbulence of Lincoln through historical images that vividly portray the Old West attraction of Lincoln Town.
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