Hondo in Lincoln County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Historic Lincoln, New Mexico
Although Billy the Kid was the most famous character in Lincoln during its historic heyday, he had only a supporting role in the larger story… the Lincoln County War. The War was a capitalistic struggle that took root in 1877 when a wealthy young Englishman, John H. Tunstall, saw an
Of all the murders, thefts and property destruction that occurred during the Lincoln County War, only one man, William H. Bonney… Billy the Kid, was ever tried, convicted and sentenced. This was for the murder of Sheriff Will Brady. He was to hang in Lincoln on May 13, 1881, but made his famous escape from the courthouse (now a museum), killing his two guards on April 28, 1881.
Today, Lincoln’s idyllic and picturesque setting belies its violent past. Lincoln State Monument, a National Historic Landmark, preserves 16 historic adobe and stone buildings. As you take a relaxing stroll in the footsteps of Billy the Kid, Sheriff Pat Garrett, Kit Carson, John Chisum and General John J. “Blackjack” Pershing you can visit six museums and see the famous town much as it looked during the Lincoln
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Places. A significant historical month for this entry is April 2012.
Location. 33° 23.436′ N, 105° 16.432′ W. Marker is in Hondo, New Mexico, in Lincoln County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 380 and U.S. 70, on the left when traveling west on U.S. 380. The marker is located within a turnout and parking area where US 380 ("Billy the Kid Trail") and US 70 intersect. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hondo NM 88336, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. San Patricio (approx. 3.2 miles away); Lincoln (approx. 8.9 miles away); Ellis and Sons' Store (approx. 9.3 miles away); Montano Store (approx. 9½ miles away); Col. Dudley's Camping Place (approx. 9½ miles away); Earliest Courthouse (approx. 9½ miles away); John H. Tunstall Murder Site (approx. 9.6 miles away); San Juan Church (approx. 9.6 miles away).
Regarding Historic Lincoln, New Mexico. Lincoln Historic District, National Register of Historic Places
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Lincoln Historic District
Also see . . .
1. New Mexico's Lincoln County War.
The Lincoln County War was a conflict between rival cattle barons in 19th century New Mexico Territory. (Submitted on November 25, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Lincoln has a history shared by few other towns.
Today the Main Street of Lincoln is a beautifully preserved monument to the Lincoln County War. (Submitted on November 25, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 25, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 643 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on November 25, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 2. submitted on July 6, 2019, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 3, 2020, by Heinz Landeck of El Paso, Texas. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.