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Our Genealogy Helper for Ruidoso Downs ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Ruidoso Downs (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Ruidoso Downs. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the north contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Ruidoso Downs is located in Lincoln County.

To see how the shape of New Mexico's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lincoln County: Chaves, DeBaca, Guadalupe, Otero, Sierra, Socorro & Torrance.

Below are the counties that are near Ruidoso Downs. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Ruidoso Downs:

  • Lincoln County     (The home county of Ruidoso Downs)
    • Hollywood [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hollywood
      • Hollywood [Lincoln County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the west of Ruidoso Downs
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hollywood
    • Ruidoso [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ruidoso
      • Ruidoso [Lincoln County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Ruidoso Downs
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,061 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ruidoso
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ruidoso<2>
    • Alpine Cellars Village [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alpine Cellars Village
      • Alpine Cellars Village [Lincoln County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Ruidoso Downs
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Alpine Cellars Village have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alpine Cellars Village
    • Alto [Lincoln County]
    • Sierra Vista [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sierra Vista
      • Sierra Vista [Lincoln County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Ruidoso Downs
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sierra Vista
    • Glencoe [Lincoln County]
    • Bonito [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bonito
      • Bonito [Lincoln County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Ruidoso Downs
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bonito
    • Fort Stanton [Lincoln County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fort Stanton
      • Fort Stanton [Lincoln County] was located 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the north of Ruidoso Downs
    • Capitan [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Capitan
      • Capitan [Lincoln County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the north of Ruidoso Downs
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,457 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Capitan have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Capitan
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Capitan<2>
    • Lincoln [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lincoln
      • Lincoln [Lincoln County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Ruidoso Downs
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lincoln
    • Nogal [Lincoln County]
    • Hondo [Lincoln County]
  • Otero County
    • Carrizo [Otero County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carrizo
      • Carrizo [Otero County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Ruidoso Downs
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Carrizo
    • Mescalero [Otero County]
    • Bent [Otero County]
    • Cloudcroft [Otero County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cloudcroft
      • Cloudcroft [Otero County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the south of Ruidoso Downs
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 704 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cloudcroft
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cloudcroft<2>
    • Hortonville [Otero County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hortonville
      • Hortonville [Otero County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the south of Ruidoso Downs
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hortonville
    • High Rolls [Otero County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for High Rolls
      • High Rolls [Otero County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Ruidoso Downs
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on High Rolls
    • Mountain Park [Otero County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mountain Park
      • Mountain Park [Otero County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Ruidoso Downs
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mountain Park
    • Tularosa [Otero County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tularosa
      • Tularosa [Otero County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Ruidoso Downs
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,040 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tularosa
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Tularosa<2>
    • Mayhill [Otero County]
    • La Luz [Otero County]
    • Weed [Otero County]
    • Alamogordo [Otero County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alamogordo
      • Alamogordo [Otero County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Ruidoso Downs
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 32,126 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Alamogordo have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alamogordo
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Alamogordo<2>

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Ruidoso Downs, see our County-by-County Page for Ruidoso Downs.

Newspapers Published in Ruidoso Downs ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 73 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ruidoso Downs.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Ruidoso Downs, there are papers which were published within 37 miles [59.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Ruidoso Downs.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites either offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Ruidoso Downs:

  • Of Special Interest ...
    • The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.
    • Stories from New Mexico

Cemeteries Near Ruidoso Downs ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ruidoso Downs.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Ruidoso Downs covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

  • Stetson Cemetery
  • Ruidoso-Hondo Valley Memorial Park
  • Forest Lawn Cemetery
  • San Ysidro Mission Church Cemetery
  • West - Box Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the West - Box Cemetery
    • West - Box Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the north of Ruidoso Downs.
    • West - Box Cemetery has also been known as:
    • Pioneer Little Creek Cemetery
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on West - Box Cemetery
  • Whitetail Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Whitetail Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Whitetail Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Whitetail Cemetery lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the south of Ruidoso Downs.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Whitetail Cemetery
    • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #38512<4>
  • Continue List ...
    • Glencoe Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Glencoe Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Glencoe Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Glencoe Cemetery lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the northeast of Ruidoso Downs.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glencoe Cemetery
    • Coe Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Coe Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Coe Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Coe Cemetery lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the northeast of Ruidoso Downs.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Coe Cemetery
    • San Patricio Catholic Church Cemetery
    • Blazer Cemetery
    • Blazers Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Blazers Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Blazers Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Blazers Cemetery lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Ruidoso Downs.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Blazers Cemetery
    • Mescalero Indian Cemetery
    • St. Jude Catholic Mission Cemetery
    • Lincoln Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Lincoln Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Lincoln Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Lincoln Cemetery lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Ruidoso Downs.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lincoln Cemetery
    • Griego Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Griego Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Griego Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Griego Cemetery lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Ruidoso Downs.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Griego Cemetery

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<5>

While we didn't find Ruidoso Downs in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Ruidoso Downs.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Ruidoso Downs, with the one closest to Ruidoso Downs listed first.

  • Ruidoso [Lincoln County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ruidoso
    • Ruidoso [Lincoln County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Ruidoso Downs
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 29 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,061 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Ruidoso had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ruidoso
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ruidoso<2>
  • Bonito [Lincoln County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bonito
    • Bonito [Lincoln County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Ruidoso Downs
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 88 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Bonito had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bonito
  • Fort Stanton [Lincoln County] - Historic
    • While Fort Stanton was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fort Stanton
    • Fort Stanton [Lincoln County] was located 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the north of Ruidoso Downs
    • According to the 1895 Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 253 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Fort Stanton had a post office and no railroad service
  • Nogal [Lincoln County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nogal
    • Nogal [Lincoln County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Ruidoso Downs
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 93 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Nogal had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Nogal
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Nogal<2>
  • Lincoln [Lincoln County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lincoln
    • Lincoln [Lincoln County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Ruidoso Downs
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 352 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Lincoln had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lincoln
  • Picacho [Lincoln County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Picacho
    • Picacho [Lincoln County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the east of Ruidoso Downs
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Picacho had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Picacho
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Picacho<2>
  • White Oaks [Lincoln County] - Historic
    • While White Oaks was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for White Oaks
    • White Oaks [Lincoln County] was located 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the north of Ruidoso Downs
    • According to the 1895 Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 385 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, White Oaks had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for White Oaks have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Ruidoso Downs. See our List of 1890's Communities around Ruidoso Downs.

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The official website for Ruidoso Downs: www.ruidosodowns.us/

The official website for State of New Mexico: www.newmexico.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Ruidoso Downs) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Ruidoso Downs. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Ruidoso DownsOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ruidoso Downs. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3320, Longitude: -105.5960       In this case, the coordinates for Ruidoso Downs have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<3>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<4>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<5>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Ruidoso Downs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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