Smokey Bear Park & Museum, Capitan
Shoot Out at White Oaks Ghost Town
Ruins at Ft. Stanton Military Base
Capitan New Mexico
20 miles east on Hwy 380
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
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
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White Oaks Ghost Town
30 miles west on Hwy 380 to Hwy 54 north
Following the discovery of gold and coal in the Jicarilla Mountains, White Oaks sprang into existence from nothing. It was frequented by notable Old West personalities, including Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, and Shotgun John Collins.
The town, at its peak, had a population of 2,000 people, reached by 1890. In 1882, with a population of 500, construction was completed on Starr's Opera House, and the town sported several saloons, general stores, a school, and a town hall. During this period, the town was frequently a haven for cattle rustlers and other outlaws.
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Alamogordo New Mexico
78 miles via US-380 W and US-54 W
White Sands National Monument
12.5 miles on Hwy 380 Billy the Kid Trail
Historic Lincoln has many buildings have been restored, and the town kept much the same as it was in the late 1800's. Seventeen of the forty-eight structures in town are protected as part of the monument.The Lincoln County War, the last great shootout of the Old West, grew from a conflict between two rival mercantile operations, the Murphy-Dolan and Tunstall stores. The Lincoln County Courthouse, where Billy the Kid was jailed, was once the Murphy-Dolan store. Billy escaped on April 25, 1881, killing two deputies. Three months later, Billy was killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett at Ft. Sumner. Visit several museums, including the old Court House, for a fascinating look into history.
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Fort Stanton Military Base
6.3 miles east on Hwy 380 Billy the Kid Trail
In 1866, Congress passed a bill reorganizing the US Army. The Ninth Cavalry was stationed at Fort Stanton to control the Apache Indians.The fort was commanded at one time by Kit Carson. Black Jack Pershing was stationed there on two occasions. Since it closed as an army post, Fort Stanton has been used as a hospital, a school and a correctional facility.
In 2007 Ft. Stanton was designated as a State Monument. The museum on the grounds opened
in June, 1997.
Museum Hours (Beginning in April)
Thurs, Fri, Sat, Mon: 10-4 pm, Sunday: Noon-4pm
To arrange tours call 575.336.1436
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The Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts is a year-round venue for world-class performances in theater, music and dance. At the heart of the Spencer, in its 514-seat halls — outstanding acoustics, intimate seating, and artistry of the highest caliber.
Phone numbers answered 9-5 M-F (888) 818-7872 toll free, (575) 336-4800 local, (575) 336-0055 fax
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