After Capitan we continued on to Lincoln, NM. Lincoln is the former stomping grounds of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. It was here that Billy the Kid broke out of jail for the last time. On his way back from a visit to the outhouse, Billy overpowered and shot his guard, killing him. When U. S. Marshall Bob Ollinger heard the gunfire he raced toward the courthouse and was killed in the middle of the street by two shotgun blasts.
Can’t imagine hiding in here during an Indian attack.
Looking at the inside. Door is barred, you can’t go inside.
The 1887 La Iglesia de San Juan-Bautista Mission is still serving parishioners today
After the Turkey Canyon Trail hike we set out letterboxing which took us to Capitan, NM. As we entered town these cats caught our eye and we had to go back and take some pictures.
We continued on to the restaurant which had really good food. We took pictures out front.
We continued on over to the Smokey the Bear Park and Museum.
We toured the displays, watched a movie and visited Smokey’s grave.
There is a nice little garden with a waterfall.
There were other bears in the area.
After hiking the Argentina Canyon Trail we were fortunate enough to get to take a tour of the Spencer Theater.
It is a 514-seat landmark performing arts center north of Ruidoso, NM. It was designed by Antoine Predock, and opened October 1997. It is a year round venue of major touring Broadway, dance or musical performances. It has outstanding acoustics which they explain on the tour. The theater is decorated with glass created by Dale Chihuly.
The tour took us onstage (not much to photograph there) and then backstage to the prop room.
We continued to the dressing rooms. The hallway leading to this area was signed by the artists that performed here.
The tour continued upstairs to the balcony area.
Our tour continued to the exclusive Founder’s Room and loggia on the second floor of the theater where more Chihuly glass is displayed.
We returned to the second floor lobby and had our picture made with THE PERSIANS.
Normally tours are every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. To find out more contact them at: (888) 818-7872
After hiking the Argentina Canyon Trail we headed out to take a tour of Spencer Theater. We were about an hour early so we continued on toward Fort Stanton. Before reaching Ft. Stanton we arrived at this Cemetery and stopped to look around.
When I looked it up on Google I learned that Fort Stanton was acquired by the U.S. Public Health Service in 1899. It was here that sailors and merchant mariners were sent for treatment of Tuberculosis. 1,500 of whom are buried in the Maritime Cemetery on a hillside overlooking the Fort.
As we arrived in Ruidoso we saw the wonderful horses on display along the highway and stopped. These horses are called “Free Spirits at Noisy Water”.
Next door was a museum with these horses out front.
Across the street is the “Billy the Kid Scenic Byways Visitor Information Center.” We went inside and got some brochures and looked around.
We saw a carving store and stopped to look.
We visited the Dolan Mill but it wasn’t open.
We passed through Hondo on our way to Ruidoso. We stopped at the Hondo Iris Garden.
We also stopped at a log carving spot nearby. Cedric Lucero was very friendly and chatted with us a good deal about his carvings. I wish we’d had room in the car to take a carving with us.
We were in Emory (county seat of Rains County) for a volksmarch. We lucked out as we walked right past the Courthouse Square where all the cars for the car show were assembled. We had wonderful fall weather for this walk and really enjoyed time strolling threw the parked cars. Hope you see one you like.