Hobbs and Lee County, New Mexico (Images of America Series)

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When Lea County was created in 1917 from Eddy and Chaves Counties in the far southeastern corner of New Mexico, it was virtually a blank canvas for new settlers, with few roads, towns, or amenities. At that time, the area was little more than vast pasture lands for cattle, though a handful of hardy folk had already established homesteads in the region. But on June 13, 1928, that all changed when oil was discovered, and almost overnight, an influx of new settlers arrived, and development began in earnest. Oil ...
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When Lea County was created in 1917 from Eddy and Chaves Counties in the far southeastern corner of New Mexico, it was virtually a blank canvas for new settlers, with few roads, towns, or amenities. At that time, the area was little more than vast pasture lands for cattle, though a handful of hardy folk had already established homesteads in the region. But on June 13, 1928, that all changed when oil was discovered, and almost overnight, an influx of new settlers arrived, and development began in earnest. Oil wells were drilled on ranchers' property, and saloons, stores, and hotels sprang up, especially in the city of Hobbs. The oil boom drove the early economy of Hobbs and Lea County and of southeastern New Mexico, but through boom and bust, the community has endured, and today more than 50,000 residents call it home.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738558561
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 12/3/2008
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,407,659
  • Product dimensions: 9.24 (w) x 6.42 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author


A resident of Hobbs since 1937, author and Lea County historian Max A. Clampitt was employed by the Hobbs Post Office for 28 years and, in 1972, was elected to the Hobbs City Commission, serving for 20 years as a city commissioner and mayor. Currently he writes for the Hobbs News-Sun. In this book, Clampitt showcases nearly 200 photographs--some dating back as far as the 1890s--from his extensive personal collection, which documents the colorful history of Hobbs and of Lea County.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Buffalo Hunters and Cavalry Expeditions 11

2 Homesteaders, Ranches, Railroads, and the Discovery of Oil 17

3 A Town Is Born 25

4 Boomtowns, the Great Depression, and World War II 67

5 Economic Development 99

About the Author 127

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