The Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico and John LeMay, the author of Images of America: Roswell, delve even deeper into Roswell and Chaves County's past with over 200 vintage images from the vast archives of the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico.
Chaves Countyby John LeMay, Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico
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In 1889, Roswell patriarch Capt. Joseph C. Lea, Pat Garrett (the former sheriff who shot Billy the Kid), and land developer Charles B. Eddy ventured to the territorial council and house in Santa Fe to petition for the creation of two new counties from the massive Lincoln County in southeastern New Mexico. The request was granted and Chaves County officially came into being on February 25, 1889. Today, 120 years later, Chaves County still thrives with a population of more than 60,000 people and is the dairy capital of the Southwest, producing around 1.7 billion pounds of milk annually. Explored in this volume is Chaves County's earliest peoples and settlements, including Roswell, Dexter, Hagerman, Lake Arthur, and Elk. It also takes a look at long-forgotten towns such as Acme, Blackdom, Cumberland, Greenfield and even old ranching outfits and farms such as John Chisum's South Spring River headquarters, the Clifton Chisholm alfalfa farm, and many others.
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John LeMay captures the spirit of the west in his newest book for Arcadia Publishing, Images of America series. Chaves County follows the birth of the county in New Mexico from it's earliest existance to today. Using over 200 vintage photographs from the archives of the Historical Society of Southeastern New Mexico, John illustrates the struggles as well as the triumphs in which Chaves County endured to become as prosperous as it is today. For many, this will be a stroll down memory lane and for others, Chaves County will bring to light new information surrounding the "Alien City". I highly recommend this beautiful addition to the Arcadia family!