White Oaks and Lincoln State Monument and Fort Stanton

Back in April while at the Valley of Fires Recreation Area, we took a day trip to White Oaks, Lincoln State Monument, and Fort Stanton with the primary objective to obtain photos for the New Mexico Centennial “Get the Picture” contest.

White Oaks, often talked about as a ghost town, actually seems to have quite a few residents.  I know many explore the town, and the website link above even talks about a walking tour, however Jim and I do not like poking around towns like this when there are alot of residents, it just seems to be impolite to us.  So at White Oaks we quickly took the photos necessary to complete the contest requirement and went on our way.  You can see the contest photos scrapbook pages here.  We did stop at the Cedervale Cemetery where I took a few photos of the grave of Dena Lynn Gore, a nine year old victim of child abduction and murder in Artesia, NM.

From there it was off to Lincoln State Monument.  Here it was much easier to take photos as the private residences and business were clearly marked on a walking tour map provided by the monument.  Several of the historic buildings are museums and you can enter, others which are a part of the monument are marked, but not open to the public to enter.  The main attraction is the former Lincoln County Courthouse, where Billy the Kid escaped capture and killed two deputies.  The displays inside are extremely interesting, with letters back and forth between Billy and then Govenor of the State Lee Wallace (author of the novel Ben Hur).  Here are some photos from Lincoln.

The final stop for this day trip was Fort Stanton.  The newest of the New Mexico State Monuments, this is a beautiful site which is being lovingly restored by a dedicated group of volunteers.  The buildings in this compound are beautiful, and I am so pleased that the State and the volunteers are working together to preserve this site.  The history of Fort Stanton is quite interesting.  I was especially interested in the time it was used for an interment camp for Germans during WWII.   Here are some photos.

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