Saddle Up for Old Lincoln Days

Head to where Billy the Kid’s legend began – and nearly ended: - Join the festivities at Old Lincoln Days August 3-5, 2012

The historic town of Lincoln features more than a dozen buildings that witnessed much of the Lincoln County War (1878-1881): the Tunstall Store, behind which the Kid and his pals ambushed and killed the Lincoln County Sheriff and his Deputy in April, 1878; the site of the 12-room McSween House (its torching climaxed the five-day siege and ended the war); and the Lincoln County Court House, where the Kid killed Deputy James W. Bell in order to escape on April 28, 1881. Behind the adjacent San Juan Church, in a private home, the Kid secretly met and sought a pardon from New Mexico Governor Lew Wallace on the night of March 17, 1879.

Activities and events include food concessions, arts and crafts, fiddlers contest, Mescalero Apache Cultural Arts Dancers, a parade, and three performances of  “The Last Escape of Billy the Kid” at the Pageant Grounds.

Lincoln is located on the Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway, an 84-mile journey though the Old West’s epic conflicts, mountain scenery, sports and recreational opportunities, culture, and some of New Mexico’s most intriguing communities. On your way to or from Lincoln, be sure to visit Ruidoso, Capitan, Fort Stanton, White Oaks and San Patricio, where artist Peter Hurd and his family called home. If you’re looking for non-Billy stuff, check out Three Rivers Petroglyph National Recreation Site, Smokey Bear Historical Park in Capitan, horse racing at Ruidoso Downs, Alto’s Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts, and table games, golf and a thousand other fun things at Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero

Call 575-653-4025 or visit Old Lincoln Days or Billy the Kid Pageant.