Lincoln Historic District (Lincoln, New Mexico)

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Lincoln Historic District
Iglesia de San Juan Bautista, U.S. Highway 380, Lincoln (Lincoln County, New Mexico).jpg
Iglesia de San Juan Bautista in 1974
Lincoln Historic District (Lincoln, New Mexico) is located in New Mexico
Lincoln Historic District (Lincoln, New Mexico)
Location U.S. 380, Lincoln, New Mexico
Coordinates 33°29′41″N 105°22′56″W / 33.49472°N 105.38222°W / 33.49472; -105.38222Coordinates: 33°29′41″N 105°22′56″W / 33.49472°N 105.38222°W / 33.49472; -105.38222
Area 2,348 acres (9.50 km2)
Built 1869
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 66000477
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 15, 1966[1]
Designated NHLD December 19, 1960[2]

Lincoln Historic District is a historic district encompassing the community of Lincoln, New Mexico. It includes a number of buildings, including Wright House, Dr. Wood's Office, and the Watson House, Curry Saloon, Wortley Hotel, Penfield Shop and Home, Tunstall Store, Old Mill, Ellis Store, Old Courthouse, Montano Store.[3]

It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960.[2][4] The National Park Service reviewer of the site, who visited in 1974, believed, then, that it was the best preserved cow town in the United States.[4]

Seventeen of the buildings are owned by the state of New Mexico and operated as the Lincoln State Monument. Four of the buildings are open as museums year round, and two are open seasonally.

The town is notable for its famous residents who participated in the Lincoln County War, and as the site of Billy the Kid's most famous escape in April 1881.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ a b "Lincoln Historic District". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  3. ^ Some of these are depicted in both NRHP and HABS photos that are available.
  4. ^ a b Richard Greenwood (February 10, 1975). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Lincoln, New Mexico / Lincoln Historic District" (PDF). National Park Service.  and Accompanying 16 photos, from c. 1880 and 1974 PDF (32 KB)

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