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This One Tiny New Mexico Town Transports You To The Days Of The Wild West

Lincoln, near Ruidoso, is one of the best-preserved towns in New Mexico. You can still see El Torreon, a fortification that the Spanish used during Apache raids. However, the most dramatic part of Lincoln’s history comes later, in the days of The Wild West. That’s when the Lincoln County War turned this small town into a battlefield.

Today, this historic site includes 17 original structures and outbuildings so, as you wander down the street, it’s easy to remember that you’re walking in the footsteps of outlaws like Billy the Kid. In fact, President Rutherford B. Hayes once declared Lincoln’s main drag “the most dangerous street in America.”

Have you been to Lincoln? If you’d like to go, plan your visit here. To learn more about some of New Mexico’s most famous and infamous citizens, check out this previous article on legends of The Wild West.

Juliet White
New Mexico staff writer for Only In Your State and freelance writer. A committed travel junkie, Juliet has lived on two continents, but believes that the sunsets in New Mexico are the best. She can be reached on Twitter @JulietWrites.