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Lincoln Historic District

Lincoln, New Mexico
County of Lincoln.
U.S. Route 380, milepost 97.4
National Register Number: 66000477
Resource type: District.
Property type: Historic District: Historical. The threat level was Threatened in
Congressional District: NM-2 Certified Local Government: YES
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Current use/information: Historic District.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 19, 1960):
This is one of the best preserved of the cowtowns that sprang up along the cattleman's frontier in the years following the Civil War. To it drifted cowboys, badmen, gunfighters, rustlers, soldiers, and famous lawmen; it was the scene of courtroom battles, public executions, and gunfights. Disputes over water, government beef contracts, and grazing rights led to the armed conflict known as the Lincoln County War of 1878, which ended in a three-day gun battle on the street of Lincoln.

Overall, the buildings remain threatened by the highway speed vibrations causing a potential threat to the structural preservation of the "Zone A" district.The Dr. Woods Annex and Luna House were recently renovated with Save America’s Treasures funding awarded to the Hubbard Museum of the American West. The new exterior landscaping has caused severe drainage problems from the Hwy. 380 runoff. To immediately address the problems, the drainage systems need to be completely removed and re-installed. Once exposed, we will possibly apply a foundation membrane to keep the water away from the structure’s foundation. The sites will be re-graded for positive drainage. The long-term goal is to complete a drainage study to look at options for diversion corrections. The Tunstall Sore Museum attic has been infested with bats to the point of requiring an environmental clean up for employee and visitor safety. This will include removal of the insulation, decontamination of the attic, deodorizing and placing new liners and insulation. The San Juan Church is showing foundation deterioration. It needs to be re-pointed and partially re-plastered in the near future.

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