GRID #(see map): 5
CLIMATE: mild summers; cool in the winter
BEST TIME TO VISIT:Spring, , fall
Worth the trip
REMAINS: A few structures, as well as the original depot.
Lincoln has a history shared by few
other towns. It all started in 1849 when Spanish pioneers settled
in the lush green valley of the Rio Bonito and named their community
La Placita. Around 1869, the name was changed to Lincoln. What
followed was the beginning of the Lincoln County War that lasted
until 1882. In essence, the Lincoln County War was a conflict
between two civilian factions for political and economic control
of the area. Not only was the conflict fought in courtrooms,
there were numerous gunfights, murders, cattle rustling and even
the U.S. Army was involved. A federal investigation resulted
in the replacement of the Governor, the United States attorney,
the sheriff and the local military commander. Lincoln continued
to serve as a supply center for ranches and mines in the area
and in 1888 reported a population of about eight hundred residents.
Today the Main Street of Lincoln is a beautifully preserved monument
to the Lincoln County War, thanks to the remaining citizens.
Many old buildings and appropriately placed plaques are testimony
that today Lincoln is much the same as it was a hundred years
ago. Courtesy Henry Chenoweth.
Lincoln, New Mexico
Courtesy Dolores Steele
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