Lincoln County

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Lincoln County is named for Abraham Lincoln, who was a member of Congress from Illinois ( 1847-1849 and President of the United States ( 1861-1865 ).

 

Created:  January 16, 1869 

County Seat: 

Lincoln       1869 – 1913

Carrizozo  1913 – present

 

County Courthouse – Carrizozo

 

Location:  300 Central Avenue / 4th Avenue

Built:  1963 – 1964

Style:  Modern Pueblo

Architect:  George A Buffington of Voll, Buffington & Nolan

Contractor:  Ballard & Bates

 

Description:  The building faces east and is part a group of three one story buff colored brick structures. There is a central courtyard with the old courthouse constructed in 1939 to 1940 on the west side of the courtyard. The buildings are located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The building was a Works Progress Administration project. On the north side is the present courthouse. A long porch supported by pillars runs along the east and south sides. A wide horizontal band runs below the flat roof line.  On the south side of the courtyard is an addition constructed in 1982. The architect  was  Herkenhoff & Associates.  An addition was constructed in 2014. The architect was DPW Architects and the contractor was Basic IDIQ, Inc.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was located in Lincoln. The second courthouse was designed by Szily & Goertz and I H Rapp and constructed in Carrizozo in 1913. The previous courthouse was constructed in 1939 to 1940.

 

Old County Courthouse – Lincoln

 

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Location:  988 Calle La Placita / Main Street

Built:  1874

Style:  Federal

Architect:  L G Murphy & Company

Contractor:  L G Murphy & Company

 

Description:  The building faces northeast and is a two story light brown colored stuccoed structure. The building is located on landscaped ground in the center of the town. The building was built as the Murphy-Dolan Store and converted in 1880 to serve as the courthouse until 1913. The front has dual wood stairs with porch on the second story. The roof is hipped. The Billiard Room on the west side of the second story served as the courtroom from 1880 to 1886. The east side of the second story served as the courtroom until 1913 when the county seat was moved to Carrizozo.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Torrance County and Guadalupe County

E – De Baca County and Chaves County

S – Chaves County and Otero County

W – Socorro County 

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Old County Courthouse – Lincoln

 

 

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Photos taken 2007, 2016 and 2019