Paid Advertisement
Historynet/feed historynet feedback facebook link World History Group RSS feed World History Group Subscriptions Historynet Home page

Book Review: Lincoln County, New Mexico, Tells Its Stories, edited by Marilyn Burchett

By HistoryNet Staff 
Originally published by Wild West magazine. Published Online: January 31, 2013 
Print Friendly
0 comments FONT +  FONT -

Lincoln County, New Mexico, Tells Its Stories, edited by Marilyn Burchett, Lincoln County Historical Society Publications, Lincoln, N.M., 2012, $60

Say "Lincoln County" and most Wild West aficionados will think war and Billy the Kid, not necessarily in that order. But the New Mexico county naturally has many other stories—perhaps not as dramatic or violent or newsworthy but still interesting. Some 400 Lincoln County family history narratives appear here, along with more than 850 photographs. The Lincoln County Historical Society compiled the stories and images, but that was just the start. Many of the stories were 3,000 words instead of the requested 1,000, and contributors had submitted more than 5,000 photos. That didn't discourage hardworking editor Marilyn Burchett from saying in the introduction that she is looking for more stories for a second volume.

Subscribe Today

Subscribe to Wild West magazine

Some of the stories in this first volume previously appeared in the Lincoln County News. One such tale involves Arthur J. Rolland (1880–1950), former Carrizozo mayor and Lincoln County clerk, remembered as a good guy: "Back in the days of mining at White Oaks and Nogal, more than one strapped prospector was the benefit of Art's generosity and willingness to make a bet." The book does profile figures from the Lincoln County War, many of the entries—Sheriff William Brady, Sheriff Pat Garrett, Alexander McSween, L.G. Murphy, etc.—drawn from the New Mexico tourism website. George W. Coe, a Regulator like Billy the Kid, later wrote Frontier Fighter: The Autobiography of George Coe (1934). But his entry here, by Janice Perry Loving, insists he was otherwise a peaceful farmer/rancher who was proud of his wife and eight children, planted the first apple trees in the Hondo Valley and lived to be 86: "He loved to sit under the trees at his store by Highway 70 and visit with his grandchildren, friends and the many visitors who came by." Makes you wonder what Billy the Kid would have done had he lived to be an old man in Lincoln County.


Leave a Reply

Human Verification: In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Related Articles

History Net Images Spacer
Paid Advertisement
Paid Advertisement
History Net Daily Activities
History net Spacer
History net Spacer
Historynet Spacer

Which of these wars resulted in the most surprising underdog upset?

View Results | See previous polls

Loading ... Loading ...
History net Spacer
RSS Feed Daily Email Update
History net Spacer
Paid Advertisement

Paid Advertisement
What is HistoryNet? is brought to you by World History Group, the world's largest publisher of history magazines. contains daily features, photo galleries and over 5,000 articles originally published in our various magazines.

If you are interested in a specific history subject, try searching our archives, you are bound to find something to pique your interest.

From Our Magazines
World History Group

World History Group Network:  HistoryNet | Armchair General | Achtung Panzer!
Today in History | Ask Mr. History | Picture of the Day | Daily History Quiz | Contact Us

Copyright © 2015 World History Group. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.
Advertise With Us | Subscription Help | Privacy Policy