"The town that started a war" Lincoln by toonsarah
Lincoln Travel Guide: 12 reviews and 34 photos
The war started when Henry Tunstall and Alexander McSween opened a store in Lincoln, setting themselves up in competition with existing store owners Lawrence Murphy and J. J. Dolan. The latter had had a monopoly on selling goods not just in the town but also supplying beef to nearby Ft. Stanton and the Mescalero Indian Reservation.
And the war ended (more or less – skirmishes went on for years) with a three day battle on the streets of Lincoln; something hard to imagine now in this quiet backwater.
Today Lincoln is a pretty sleepy place, although I imagine it gets busy with visitors at the height of the season. The whole town is operated, unusually, as a state monument. Its one street is lined with historic homes and buildings – some museums, others still private homes. There are no gas stations or convenience stores here, and only one public telephone.
Among other sights, you can visit the Lincoln County Courthouse, from which Billy the Kid famously escaped while awaiting execution, and the Tunstall Store, set up much as it must have looked when it first opened and triggered the war.
There are also a number of interesting shops to poke around in, and a small hotel has rooms if you want to stay over, and a restaurant serving lunch (and dinner to overnight guests). You can easily spend several hours exploring here, and the combination of museum-piece and lived-in town is an appealing one.
Please start your visit to Lincoln with my first tip, on the Visitor Centre.
And to continue with us on our road trip through New Mexico, please visit Alamogordo with me.
- In a nutshell:Great for history buffs and fans of the Wild West
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