Unique in both appearance and history, Lincoln State Monument is the most visited monument in New Mexico. It features an entire community of historical buildings clad with adobe architecture and other elements typical of 1870’s American Southwest styling. Upon entering the monument, one feels as if they are frozen in time, caught visiting a town from the late 1800’s. Included in this monument are properties such as the: Curry Saloon, Old Mill, Tunstall Store, Ellis Store, Old Courthouse, The Torreon, Dr. Wood’s Office, and numerous others. Of the forty-eight structures in town, seventeen are protected as part of the monument.
One famous occupant of Lincoln was Billy the Kid, who in 1881 was tried, and sentenced to death by hanging. However, upon his execution, he somehow was able to grab hold of a six-shooter, killed two guards, stole a horse and then rode out of town. Before his escape, he was being held prisoner in the Old Lincoln County Courthouse, to this day, that building still stands.
Made famous by one of the most violent times in New Mexico history, those who visit Lincoln have the exclusive opportunity of stepping back in time to the streets of the American Wild West, and the well-preserved, quaint atmosphere of old-time saloons and stores. The New Mexico State Monuments Division oversees and protects buildings and other exhibits of Lincoln State Memorial.
$5.00 ticket includes 4 museums open between November 1 and March 31, and 6 museums open from April 1 to October 31. Sunday admission for New Mexico residents with ID is free. Wednesday admission is free to New Mexico Seniors with ID. Children 16 and under are always admitted free.
Hours Open 7 days a week, 8:30am to 4:30pm, year round. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Years Day, and Easter.