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Feb 17, 2013 - Lincoln County New Mexico

If you want to learn about Smokey the Bear and Billy the Kid, the village of Lincoln and city of Capitan NM is where you want to go. In Capitank they have a 4 day celebration starting July 4th during the Smokey Bear Stampede. Ole Smokey is on a high pedestal in New Mexico. Since last years fires I would imagine they think of Smokey a lot. A short pictorial history,of Smokey,is in the photos of signs that are on this journal. But not to worry here are some links on Smokey. Please Click HERE and Click HERE and the last Smokey please click...

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Sep 16, 2010 - Lincoln State Monument, New Mexico

On Highway 380, about an hours ride from Roswell is Lincoln State Monument. Spanish - speaking settlers established this town in the 1850's after the U.S. Army began to control the Mescalero Apaches. First known as Las Placitas del Rio Bonito, the name of the community was changed to Lincoln when Lincoln County was created in 1869. It is here that Billy The Kid staged his famous jail break, in fact there is a bullet hole in the wall of the court house that is said to have come from Billy's gun during his escape. A famous lawman also walked...

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Apr 24, 2009 - Lincoln & Capitan, NM

On our third day in Alamogordo, NM we returned to Lincoln, NM to finish touring the town. Lincoln is most famous as the center of the Lincoln County Wars (1878-1881), where the Billy The Kid legend was born. President Hayes once described the main street in Lincoln as "the most dangerous street in America" and New Mexico Territorial Governor Lew Wallace tried to deal with the Lincoln County wars while writing "Ben Hur" in his spare time. (Or was it governing the territory in his spare time while writing Ben Hur?) After touring Lincoln, we...

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