“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Glencoe in Lincoln County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)

John H. Tunstall Murder Site (Actual)

John H. Tunstall Murder Site Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Louis Davis, August 9, 2015
1. John H. Tunstall Murder Site Plaque
John H Tunstall
Age 24
Killed Here
February 18, 1878
Triggering Lincoln
County War
Erected By L. C. Hist. Society
Feb. 18, 1978

Location. 33° 21.834′ N, 105° 26.168′ W. Marker is in Glencoe, New Mexico, in Lincoln County. Marker can be reached from Forest Road FS9019D. Click for map. Located approximately 4 miles off of US 70:
1. From US 70 turn south onto Glencoe Loop (US 70 Frontage Road). 2. From Glencoe Loop turn south onto Coe Canyon Road. 3. Take Coe Canyon Road until you come to the fork at Tunstall Canyon Road. 4. Take the left leg of the fork which will become Forest Road 443. 5. Drive south down Forest Road 443 for approximately 4 miles (always veer right -- dont take any roads that fork off to the left). 6. Stop at marker 9019D and park (The marker is easy to miss so pay close attention). 7. Walk down the trail north into the trees. 8. After approximately 400 feet is a tree stump on the left side of the trail with a red arrow painted on it pointing straight ahead. 9. Keep on the trail ( which sweeps to the left after the first stump) for approximately 900 more feet. 10. Another tree stump with a red arrow will be on your left with the red arrow
Forest Service John H. Tunstall Murder Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Louis Davis, August 9, 2015
2. Forest Service John H. Tunstall Murder Site Marker
pointing to the left (as of this writing the tree stump was slightly obscured by a bush and this arrow is very faint and easy to miss). 11. Leave the trail and go left (west) approximately 100 feet. Marker is in this post office area: Glencoe NM 88324, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John H. Tunstall (approx. 3.2 miles away); San Patricio (approx. 7.1 miles away); Old Dowlin Mill (approx. 8.6 miles away); Lincoln (approx. 9.1 miles away); Montano Store (approx. 9.3 miles away); Earliest Courthouse (approx. 9.3 miles away); San Juan Church (approx. 9.3 miles away); Site of Squire Wilson's Home (approx. 9.3 miles away).
More about this marker. The road to get to the Tunstall Kill Site is very rocky. It's not recommended you attempt the drive in a low clearance vehicle, however a 4WD is not necessary.

As of August 2015, Google Maps incorrectly shows the location of FS 9019D. FS 9019D is actually about 100 yards east of the location shown on Google Maps (closer to the bend in FS 443).
Also see . . .  Start of the Lincoln County Wars.'s page on the start of the Lincoln County Wars: ...In 1877, an Englishman named John Tunstall came to town to create competition for the local monopoly that owned the main store and had a corner on the lucrative contracts to deliver cattle to the military….History has revealed in his letters home that he planned to put his competition out of business and then create a monopoly of his own. Tunstall never had the opportunity, since he grossly underestimated the ruthlessness of the lawless West…. (Submitted on August 12, 2015.) 
Additional keywords. Billy the Kid, Lincoln County War
Categories. Notable Events
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Louis Davis of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 486 times since then and 297 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Louis Davis of Austin, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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