When you first arrive in Lincoln you will need to pay the $5.00 admission fee, which includes entry to the four historical properties open between November 1st and March 31st, or the six open from April 1st to October 31st. You can do this as we did at the Visitor Centre, located at the east end of the town, or in the Courthouse if you approach...more
The first of the historic buildings we went into was the Montano Store, almost opposite the Visitor Centre. I confess I was a little disappointed, as it has not been restored as a store but instead houses display panels relating to the history of the building, the store’s owner at the time of the Lincoln County War, José Montaño, and describing...more
This Roman Catholic church (full name La Iglesia de San Juan Bautista, or Church of John the Baptist) was built in 1887 and is still in use today. It is one of the six (four in winter) buildings to which your ticket provides admission. However when we visited, that admission was restricted to the first few yards inside the door, after which there...more
The Torreon is one of the oldest structures still standing in Lincoln. It was built in the 1850s to protect the Spanish settlers here during Apache raids. In the three day Lincoln County War battle that took place in the town, this tower was used as a base for Murphy’s sharpshooters. It was restored in 1937, and I couldn’t see that it was possible...more
Of all the old buildings in Lincoln, this is one of two (the other being the Courthouse) that must rate as the most historically significant and the most interesting to visit. It was the opening of this store by Henry Tunstall and Alexander McSween, in November 1876, which triggered the Lincoln County War, as there were seen as a threat by the...more
The Courthouse was the last building we visited in Lincoln and was one of the most interesting. It was once the Murphy-Dolan store, holding a monopoly in the area until Tunstall and McSween arrived to set up their rival business, and was also Dolan’s home, but was later converted into the courthouse. Ironically, given the animosity between him and...more
There are a number of other historic buildings in Lincoln not included in the State Monument admissions ticket. These are either commercial businesses (and therefore free to enter when open) or private residences (and therefore not open at all). Some of the ones that caught my eye were:The Thomas W Watson House (photos one and two): I have seen...more
Lincoln is a sleepy little town in the hills of New Mexico. It was once the home to Billy the Kid (William H. Bonney). The town itself is only one road and has about 15-20 buildings on it. The majority of the buildings are museums that have some connection with Billy the Kid and the Regulators (no, not the scuba diving club you were a member of in...more
The official Lincoln website says that there are four restaurants in the historical district, but we only saw two, and only one of these was open (the other having closed for the season). Luckily the Wortley Hotel proved to be a good choice for a light lunch. The décor was suitably old-fashioned for such a historic location, the service friendly and the sandwiches tasty and reasonably priced. We sat in the conservatory area at the front, which was lighter and pleasanter than the rather dark main room, but did make service a little slower as we weren’t in the direct eye of the one lady serving. Still, we weren’t in a hurry, and rather enjoyed eavesdropping on the conversation of the couple at the next table, who were evidently locals and having a good gossip about various neighbours!
Chris chose the “Captain Jack’s” grilled cheese sandwich with green chilli and bacon, which he enjoyed, and I had a BBQ pork sandwich, which was packed with moist well-flavoured meat. Both came with a pickle and potato chips. We also had a large orange juice each. The meal was not expensive but I’m afraid I slipped up and forgot to note the exact price!
As well as a good meal, you are experiencing a part of Lincoln’s history when you eat here. The Wortley (albeit an earlier building) is where Deputy Olinger had brought the other prisoners for dinner one evening, giving Billy the Kid the opportunity he was looking for to shoot his way out of his Courthouse imprisonment. As the hotel’s website says, however,
~ We no longer feed prisoners.
~ The food is much better these days.
~ Carnage of this sort rarely occurs in modern day Lincoln, thus our motto, "No Guests Gunned Down in Over 100 Years"
The Wortley also has rooms for rent, and although we didn’t stay here I did get a glimpse inside one that was being cleaned when we passed. It looked nicely decorated and I expect this would provide a good place to stay if you wanted to base yourself somewhere quieter for a day or two. Room rates include breakfast and the dining room serves dinner to overnight guests
This is my last tip; if you wish you can return to my Intro page.
There are no gas stations in Lincoln. If you need gas, then go north to Capitan. A rule of thumb is to never have less then a half tank of has at any one time. You do not want to be stranded in New Mexico on some remote road.