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
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 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
Location: 988 Calle La Placita / Main Street
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 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.
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Photos taken 2007 and 2016