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Lincoln County Information

Formed in 1869 from part of Socorro County

The county seat is Carrizozo and the largest city is Ruidoso.

It was once the largest county in the United States. In the late 1870s the so-called Lincoln County War broke out between ranchers and the owners of the county's largest general store. William Bonney, better known as Billy the Kid, became involved on the side of the ranchers after his friend and employer was killed. In the end, Bonney killed the deputy that killed his friend, another deputy, and the county sheriff. Several other people were slain in the conflict, which included the other leader of the rancher faction. His death ended the conflict. In 1878, the new territorial governor, retired Union General Lew Wallace, offered an amnesty to the combatants in order to bring a long-lasting truce between the factions. [source: Wikipedia.org]


Capitan * Corona * Oscuro * Ruidoso * Ruidoso Downs * White Oaks * Ancho (Ghost Town)

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Alto * Fort Stanton * Glencoe * Hollywood * Hondo * Lincoln * Lon * Nogal * San Patricio

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Website Updates:
November 2017: Obit for McGowan (submitted by Robin Line)
April 2017
: Bios for Barber, Gray, McDonald, Paden, Parker, Stewart, Weed
(transcribed by Genealogy Trails Transcription Team);  Bios for Hewitt, Ulrick (transcribed by Genealogy Trails Transcription Team);
October 2016:  Bio for Cronin (transcribed by Genealogy Trails Transcription Team)


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