Glencoe in Lincoln County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
John H. Tunstall Murder Site
February 18, 1878
Erected By L. C. Hist. Society
Feb. 18, 1978
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Events. A significant historical date for this entry is February 18, 1878.
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. Located approximately 4 miles off of US 70. See directions below. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Glencoe NM 88324, 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. 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); Ellis and Sons' Store (approx. 9.3 miles away); Montano Store (approx. 9.3 miles away); Earliest Courthouse (approx. 9.3 miles away); San Juan Church (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).
Regarding John H. Tunstall Murder Site. Directions:
1. From US 70 turn south onto Glencoe Loop (US 70 Frontage
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. Walk North 408.3 yards along the jeep trail to a tree stump on the left side of the trail with a red arrow painted on it pointing straight ahead. The paint is faded and blends into scenery.
9. Walk West 79.4 yards to the marker.
Also see . . . Start of the Lincoln County Wars. PBS.org'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.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 28, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 12, 2015, by Louis Davis of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 6,930 times since then and 1,758 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 12, 2015, by Louis Davis of Austin, Texas. 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 13, 2017, by Brandon Mason of Olton, Texas. 6. submitted on May 4, 2020, by Heinz Landeck of El Paso, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.