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Bill and Beverly Strauser


Lincoln County Courthouse



Buildings at Fort Stanton Historic Site



Snowy River – Fort Stanton Caves



With over 40 years of business experience, Bill and Beverly Strauser bring a finely tuned sense of business acumen and taste to The Dolan House. They purchased The Dolan House in 2007 and have spent the past 13 years restoring both the inside and outside of the house establishing a small restaurant, gift shop and Bed & Breakfast.  However, since Covid-19 we have closed the restaurant.  

Step back in time and visit a house built in 1883.

Shop in the gift shop for souvenirs, books, t-shirts, antiques, leather items, teas, postcards, and many unique items.

Want to spend the night in Lincoln? Our Bed & Breakfast is newly opened and tastefully decorated in a Victorian style for your comfort.


Publications & Awards

The Dolan House has been featured in a variety of local, national, and international publications!

  • Featured on the Diggers show on National Geographic 
  • Featured on the Pecos Dining Guide Facebook page
  • New Mexico Magazine
  • Oh so… Ruidoso Magazine
  • AAA New Mexico Journey Magazine, 
  • Wochenende Suddeutsche Zectung (German newspaper) 
  • Ruidoso Daily News: Dining Guide, “From Chili to High Tea”


Notes about the Area

True West Magazine  dubbed Lincoln NM  #8 in the top 10 True Western Towns in 2016.  Following is what True West had to say about Lincoln.  If your town has only one street, make it a doozy. Lincoln accomplished that when President Rutherford Hayes called its lone byway “the most dangerous street in America.” He was referring to the bloody Lincoln County War and Billy the Kid, its infamous gun hand.

Today, Lincoln has 50 residents and a remarkable record of preservation. It boasts eight museums focusing on frontier history and 17 historic buildings preserved as they were in the late 1800s, down to the color of the adobe and pitch of the roofs.

The 1877 Tunstall Store has original 19th-century merchandise on its shelves. Exhibits at the 1873 Murphy-Dolan store and courthouse tell of Billy’s murderous escape. So does the annual Last Escape of Billy the Kid Pageant, which last year drew 12,000 people.

To see a frontier Catholic church, visit the San Juan Mission. The village’s oldest structure is the Torreon, a rock tower built by Spanish settlers in the 1850s for protection against Apaches.

But Billy’s the eternal draw. Why do we still chase this charming outlaw? It’s the romantic mystique, “coupled with the fact that there’s much more we don’t know about him than what we do.

VISITING INFORMATION:     9 to 7 museums are open to the public, depending on the season, and most are wheelchair accessible. A small park is available for picnicking, and there is ½ mile hiking trail along the Rio Bonito.  The Dolan House has one room for B&B.. There are no service stations in Lincoln but fuel is available 12 miles west in Capitan and 10 miles east in Hondo. Capitan also has 4 restaurants and the Smokey Bear Motel. The Lincoln National Forest has camping at Baca Campground 10 miles west and north of Lincoln.   


Museum Hours:  Open 9:00am to 5:00pm  7 days a week year around. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Years Day, and Easter. A 22 minute video begins at the Visitor's Center every half hour. 

Admission Prices: Adults  $5.00  Children 17 and under are Free

New Mexico Senior Citizens (60+) Free on Wednesdays

New Mexico Resident - Free the 1st Sunday of every month

Blue Star Program for Active Duty Military Families (up to 5 family members) - Free Memorial Day through Labor Day

Phone number 575-653-4025


Located 9 miles west of Lincoln.

Hours: Daily 10 am to 4 pm. These hours are for the museum and museum store only.  The grounds of Fort Stanton are always open.  The museum may be closed in bad weather.   Currently, admission is free but donations are always welcome.

 Museum phone number:  575-354-0341 

Fort Stanton Cave and Snowy River Passage located 7 miles from Lincoln.  Not open to the public.  Contact: Bureau of Land Management in Roswell, New Mexico 575-627-0272