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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]


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Website Updates:
September 2015:  1885 Census of ex-Confederate Soldiers transcribed by Sarah Montgomery
July 2015: WITHAM additions and corrections made to Angus Cemetery
(submitted by Connie Witham English)
March 2015: McKinney birth announcement (news); Gossip news for July 3, 1908; VAN SCHOYCK-TINNON marriage announcement (news); Gossip news for July 10, 1908; District Court news;
Sept 2012: obits for MCDONALD, EDMISTON, FERRIS, SHAVER, HODO; marriage announcement for SPENCE-MCDONALD
June 2012: Death Records for March-May 2012
Apr 2012: Death Records


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