Before New Mexico became a state in 1912, hardy pioneers had already established the village of Miller, known today as Artesia, on the dusty southeastern plains of the territory. Abundant artesian wells, and later, oil wells drew settlers from far and wide to make a living and a home in Artesia.
As with any town, Artesia has evolved and changed throughout the years. Businesses have come and gone, while the love for Bulldog sports still attracts the young and the old. Today, Artesia continues to grow as the community takes pride in preserving and displaying the history of the town. Artesia captures this story in photographs, tracing the growth of Miller to Stegman to Artesia.
Highlights of Artesia include:
• The city through the years
• The rise and evolution of the oil and gas industries in the area
• The story of one 14-year-old Artesian boy’s adventures chasing Pancho Villa throughout Mexico in 1916-1917
• The rise and fall of the Artesia Hotel
• Adventures in early travel over dirt roads
• Artesians at work, school, worship and play
Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com.
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