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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.
Capitan * Corona * Oscuro * Ruidoso * Ruidoso Downs * White Oaks
Alto * Fort Stanton * Glencoe * Hollywood * Hondo * Lincoln * Lon * Nogal * San Patricio
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Bio for Cronin (transcribed by Genealogy Trails Transcription Team)