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Capitan, ideally located in the heart of historic Lincoln is home t0 1,500 friendly residents. A growing residential community, the Village, surrounded by cattle ranches, is situated between the Capitan and Sacramento Mountains at an elevation of 6,530 feet. Enjoy a temperate climate, days filled with sunshine cooled by the brisk mountain breeze.
Seaborn T. Gray homesteaded there in 1884, and the town was known as Gray until 1900 when it was renamed Capitan. The El Paso and Northeastern Railroad built a coal line from Carrizozo to the Phelps-Dodge coal mines, one mile west of Capitan. By 1905 the coal mines had played out and were abandoned. Located in the heart of Billy the Kid country, ranching, the Forest Service & tourism, including fishing & hunting are the economic base.
Many artisans have found Capitan an ideal place to live. Retirees are discovering Capitan's mild winters beautiful scenery, affordable housing and amenities without compromising its authentic Western heritage.
Buried on the grounds of the Smokey Bear Historical Park is Smokey Bear. The park features fire prevention information, a xeriscape garden with walkable pathways and benches for outdoor enjoyment. A conservation seedling program and a re-leaf program are sponsored at the site by the NM State Forestry Division.
The resort area of Ruidoso, with skiing in the winter, horse racing in the summer, and the Museum of the Horse, is only 21 miles away on State Highway 48. The historic town of Lincoln where the infamous Billy the Kid make his last escape is only 12 miles east on U. S. Highway 380. The thriving Arts community of Carrizozo in located 20 miles west of Capitan.
Capitan Public Library