Discover Carrizozo: A Modern
Day Story of Survival & An Art Revival
In the early days of the Wild West a town needed at least: wide open grassland for cattle, a military fort to welcome pioneers, a railroad to bring in supplies and settlers. And, if you are lucky Gold! The western slopes of the Sacramento Mountains in Lincoln County had all four of these ingredients.
The towns of Carrizozo and White Oaks located in the Tularosa Basin had three of the fourth and nearby Fort Stanton provided the fourth. In the days before New Mexican statehood there were dirt roads and trails for horse and wagons but no highways. early settlers were not here for vacation or second homes, but for the opportunity t scratch out a living Horses and burros carried these hardy folks and supplies.
Carrizozo was born a flourishing railroad town in the early 1900’s. Homes, commercial shops, bars and rooms for rent were built in the architectural style of the time. When statehood came, Carrizozo won the struggle with the town of Lincoln to be the County Seat. It is still that today and has been instrumental to the town’s survival as modern day American. The railroad still passes through the town but no longer stops. Some of the old buildings have disappeared but remaining ones have become the backbone and anchor the story of the Town’s revival. Historic 12th Street with it’s buildings constructed of adobe and brick have become the home for a fast-growing Arts District. 10 years ago, there were 5 artists who had studios in Carrizozo. Today there are 25 and the number is growing every year. They are restoring up the old buildings and opening the doors to the public.
If you are considering relocating there is no better place than to Lincoln County to retire or to start a business. The locals are friendly. The weather is mild. The cost of living is modest. From houses for sale and rent to open land to build on, the Frontier Trail offers a number of options.
Carrizozo New Mexico
With its unique location at the cross roads of two major highways in the state, railroad with sidings, an airport with small jet capabilities, and an industrial park, starting or relocating a business here has many advantages. Our new 3500 acre sub-division at Valle del Sol offers modestly priced residential lots of 3, 5 and 10 acres. There is also commercial property available. Carrizozo, a thriving Arts Community has a expanding number of art galleries & antique shops as well.
Carrizozo Quick Facts: Population: 1,032, Estimated Median Household Income in 2013: $22,647, Estimated per capita income in 2013: $17,325, Married Population: 36.9%, Median Age: 51.3, Household size: 2.2 Unemployment Rate: 4.8%, Median Home Price: $79,000, Median Gross Rent in 2013: $672
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Capitan New Mexico
Retirees are discovering Capitan's mild winters and beautiful scenery. Capitan offers all the basic amenities to live comfortably on a fixed income. Many artisans have found Capitan an ideal place to live. The mountain resort of Ruidoso, offering skiing in the winter, horse racing in the summer, and year-round events, is only 21 miles away on scenic 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.
Capitan Quick Facts: Population: 1,574, Estimated median household income in 2013: $36,398, Estimated per capita income in 2013: $23, 084, Married Population: 61.3%, Median Age: 54.8, Household size: 2.23 Unemployment Rate: 4.8%, Median Home Price: $155, 100, Median Gross Rent in 2013: $528
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Historic Lincoln New Mexico
Famous as the stomping grounds of Billy the Kid, Lincoln is an authentic step back in history. This most widely visited state monument in New Mexico is part of a community frozen in time-the 1870's and 1880's. The historic site now includes 17 structures and outbuildings, 4 of which are open year round and 2 more seasonally as museums.
White Oaks New Mexico
Once the second largest city in the state, White Oaks remains a thriving ghost town of what it was. Now home to a small group of artists and craftsmen, annual events include the White Oaks Artists Studio Tour and the Gold Rush Days, a rowdy celebration of the heritage of this unique community.
San Patricio, Tinne & the Hondo Valley
San Patricio was founded in about 1875, it was called Ruidoso. The town became a favorite hangout of Billy the Kid during the time of the Lincoln County War. In more recent times, it has been home to actress Helen Hayes, artists Michael Hurd, Peter Hurd and Henriette Wyeth. Today it is home to the Hurd La Rinconada Gallery and guest houses and the Hondo Iris Farm and Gallery and the Tinne Silver Dollar & Steak House.
Corona New Mexico
New Mexico an isolated, unique mountain community of some 215 persons, lies on U.S. 54 approximately at the Lincoln and Torrance County lines. It is a compact community surrounded by vast areas of open range and U.S. forest land and is located at the geographic center of New Mexico. The Village began as a cowtown in 1899, serving as a regional trade center for mining and ranching interest.
Check Out These Links to the Frontier Trail :
Carrizozo Works / Billy Byway / Village of Capitan
The Capitan-Carrizozo Corridor
Ruidoso Branch: 398 Sudderth Drive, Ruidoso NM 88345.
Capitan Branch: 103 E. Smokey Bear Blvd., Capitan NM 88316