Lincoln, New Mexico: Billy the Kid Jailbreak: Bullet Hole, Death Plaques

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Old Lincoln County Courthouse

Address:
US Hwy 380, Lincoln, NM
Directions:
Old Lincoln County Courthouse. West edge of town (it's a tiny town) on the south side of US-380. It's a long-sided dun-colored two-story building next to the road.
Hours:
Daily 8:30-4:30 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
575-653-4082
Admission:
Adults $7.
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Billy the Kid Jailbreak: Bullet Hole, Death Plaques

Billy shot his way out of the Lincoln County Jail on April 28, 1881, killing two lawmen. See a (supposed) Kid bullet hole, and plaques marking the death spots.

Roadsideamerica.com Report... [10/15/2020]

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Billy the Kid Jailbreak: Bullet Hole, Death Plaques

I hate to be the messenger of bad news but this isn't the actual bullet hole from Billy's gun. However, this is the hallway where he fired, so still super cool! You have to go to the visitor center in the middle of town to buy a ticket to access this building, but it's worth going to all the major buildings down the entire strip if you have time. There's a tour guide named Tiffany; if you really want to know about Billy the Kid and Lincoln's history then you need to talk to her. She lives in Lincoln and her granddad was sheriff!

[Ashley Marie, 05/01/2022]

Bullet hole.

Billy the Kid's Courthouse Escape

The Old Lincoln County Courthouse once held Billy the Kid. He escaped on April 28, 1881, killing two deputies in the process.

[John Crane, 11/15/2016]

Ask to see the bullet hole made by Billy's gun, and the ground marker where Deputy Bell fell, "Killed by Billy the Kid."


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