We learned from a tourist booklet that the historic town of Lincoln (named in honor of Abraham Lincoln) was a short distance away and had a colorful past. The 50 mile drive was beautiful and relaxing. We found Lincoln to be a historic town replete with a very colorful history and well known historical figures. Figures such as William H. Bonney (aka Billy the Kid), Sheriff Pat Garrett, Cattle baron John Chisum, Col. Kit Carson, General John J. “Blackjack” Pershing, Lew Wallace other infamous people walked the streets of this little town. Most of the pics for this entry have an accompanying historical marker.
This village is now a New Mexico State Monument, on each end of the main street is a museum where one can pay a $5.00 fee allowing you to enter all 5 the state historic buildings. Currently there are only about 50 permanent residents. Though many groups of Indians and Mexicans passed through for hundreds of years, the town was started 1859 with the permanent houses built by about 7 or 8 families. However, from 1878 to 1881 an occurrence known as “The Lincoln County War” is a story of legend. Changing the social fabric of the region it took the lives and properties of many of the residents. An example of greed, deceit and cold blooded murder.
We got mighty hungry walking and learning all this history, we stopped for lunch at “The Dolan House”. Owned and operated by Bill & Beverly Strauser, the lunch was superb. Our waitress was Beverly while we got the lowdown about the house remodel from Bill. The house belonged to a principal player in the “Lincoln County War”, James J. Dolan. The house was completed in 1883, was occupied by several families, used as a bed & breakfast, later suffered some neglect. Bill & Beverly have owned it since 2007 and have done much to restore it to its previous glory. We found the menu to be simple, the food great and we recommend it.