Lincoln Historic District

U.S. 380, Lincoln, New Mexico


By Richard Greenwood, Photographer -, Public Domain,



Street View 


This is one of the best preserved of the cowtowns that sprang up along the cattleman's frontier in the years following the Civil War. To it drifted cowboys, badmen, gunfighters, rustlers, soldiers, and famous lawmen; it was the scene of courtroom battles, public executions, and gunfights. Disputes over water, government beef contracts, and grazing rights led to the armed conflict known as the Lincoln County War of 1878, which ended in a three-day gun battle on the street of Lincoln. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, December 19, 1960

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
Areas of significance
Politics/Government; Agriculture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Historic functions
Single dwelling; City hall; Battle site; Business
Current functions
Museum; Single dwelling; Business
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1850-1874
Significant years
1869; 1881
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 28
Contributing sites: 1

Update Log 

  • May 21, 2020: New photo from Bill Eichelberger
  • June 25, 2016: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger