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Although small in size, Lincoln’s contributions to the history of New Mexico have been significant, and many of the state’s most famous, and infamous, characters once walked the town’s dusty street. Lawrence Murphy, James Dolan, John Chisum, Susan McSween, and of course William H. Bonney, alias Billy the Kid, are just a few of the men and women who spent time in Lincoln. In the case of Billy the Kid, it was in Lincoln that he truly made a name for himself, taking part in some of the most critical events of the Lincoln County War, and pulling off one of the most well-known prison breaks in the history of the American West.


The Lincoln County War was exceptionally brutal, but violence in the village of Lincoln was a way of life long before and after the bloody summer of 1878. Between 1861 and 1886, more than fifty people met a violent end along the short stretch of dusty road that winds through the Lincoln—a fact that led President Rutherford B. Hayes to declare it “The Most Dangerous Street in America.”


Some of those who died along Lincoln’s only street were victims of random acts of violence, more were the targets of calculated murder, and still, others ended their lives at the end of a rope or at the hands of an angry mob.


This map is a complete guide to the history and lore that makes Lincoln, New Mexico the most visited historic site in the state.  Available nowhere else, this map features original research and design by Bad Hoss Map Company.


Features illustrated on this map include:

  • known locations of Lincoln’s most notable deaths during its Wild West days
  • locations of famous historical events as well as many lesser-known events
  • sketches of select historic buildings
  • descriptions of murders and select historic sites
  • highly detailed and accurate


This premium wall map is printed on museum-grade fine art paper or canvas with a matte finish and is the perfect means to bring this unique digital artwork to life. Each map is printed with top-tier pigmented archival inks for excellent printing results ideal for framing.

A Visitor's Guide to the Most Dangerous Street in America

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