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10 for 10: Ruidoso, NM

Touring our #5 town of the year, from Dowlin’s Mill to White Oaks.

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1. At the time of the 1878-79 Lincoln County War, Ruidoso was just one building, Dowlin’s Mill; owner Paul Dowlin was shot dead in front of it in 1877. While it is no longer open to the public, the mill is located on Ruidoso’s main drag, Sudderth Drive.

2. The Ruidoso River Museum boasts the largest collection of Lincoln County War artifacts in the world, along with items from the Titanic and prehistoric artifacts. Kiddies might dig the outdoors “Alien Experience.”

3. For a good steak, head to the Texas Club in Ruidoso. This was the favorite restaurant of actor and stuntman Richard Farnsworth, who owned a ranch in Lincoln County.

4. Place your bets at the Race Track & Casino in Ruidoso Downs; racing season lasts from Memorial Day to Labor Day, while the casino is open year round.

5. English entrepreneur John Tunstall opened the Tunstall Store in his ill-fated attempt to wrest power in Lincoln County from the firm of Murphy and Dolan. This business venture cost Tunstall his life and ignited the Lincoln County War.

 

6. For breakfast or lunch, or a place to hang your hat, the Wortley Hotel is the best bet. After guard Bob Olinger brought the prisoners here for their evening...

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