Attractions

The Artesia Historical Museum and Art Center offers a variety of art and historical exhibits, with local artists contributing to many of these exhibits. Artesia is located within easy driving distance to many scenic and natural recreational tourist attractions that contribute to New Mexico's title, the "Land of Enchantment."

Artesia Mainstreet

Artesia MainStreet, Inc. was organized exclusively to encourage, foster and stimulate the preservation and economic development of historic downtown Artesia. While Artesia MainStreet is not a department of the City of Artesia, both the city and Artesia MainStreet work closely on projects that improve our community.

History in Bronze

These maquettes are identical replications of monuments displayed in or planned for downtown as part of our History in Bronze public art project. See our Attractions for the location of the downtown monuments. The sale of these maquettes benefits downtown Artesia.

First Lady of Artesia

Artesia area pioneer Sallie Chisum lived from 1857 to 1934. She was the niece of famed cattle king John Chisum and was known to have had a friendship with the infamous Billy the Kid. She was an entrepreneur and the town's first postmistress.

The monument was unveiled on July 26, 2003, and dedicated to the spirit of the pioneer woman.

The Derrick Floor

The Derrick Floor is a celebration of the oil patch in southeastern New Mexico and the men and women who built it.

The Derrick Floor is a bronze artistic representation of a four-man crew on a drilling rig. The drilling rig is a 100% life-size sculpture cut off at approximately 34 feet in height. The importance of the piece lies not in the equipment, but in the men who built the oil patch; therefore the four men in the crew are 125% life size.

The Derrick Floor was dedicated on April 24, 2004 "to the men and women who take the risks and do the work to find, produce and refine New Mexico oil and gas."

The Trail Boss

The three monuments, “The Trail Boss,” “The Vaquero,” and “The Rustler” were designed to be interactive so that they will tell a story typical of the Cattle Drive Era. As the story goes, while moving a herd of cattle, the Vaquero (cowboy) spots the Cattle Rustler (thief) attempting to alter the brand on one of the Trail Boss's steers. The Vaquero has signaled to the Trail Boss who is shown spurring his horse to action in response to the thief. In this scene the Rustler is aware that he has been noticed and is preparing to defend himself in the inevitable confrontation.

Vaquero

The three monuments, “The Trail Boss,” “The Vaquero,” and “The Rustler” were designed to be interactive so that they will tell a story typical of the Cattle Drive Era. As the story goes, while moving a herd of cattle, the Vaquero (cowboy) spots the Cattle Rustler (thief) attempting to alter the brand on one of the Trail Boss's steers. The Vaquero has signaled to the Trail Boss who is shown spurring his horse to action in response to the thief. In this scene the Rustler is aware that he has been noticed and is preparing to defend himself in the inevitable confrontation.

Rustler

The three monuments, "The Trail Boss," "The Vaquero," and "The Rustler" were designed to be interactive so that they will tell a story typical of the Cattle Drive Era. As the story goes, while moving a herd of cattle, the Vaquero (cowboy) spots the Cattle Rustler (thief) attempting to alter the brand on one of the Trail Boss's steers. The Vaquero has signaled to the Trail Boss who is shown spurring his horse to action in response to the thief. In this scene the Rustler is aware that he has been noticed and is preparing to defend himself in the inevitable confrontation.

Events

Main Event Car Show & Cruise

Our annual Main Event Car Show & Cruise is a great time for all! Show your car in the Car Show, cruise MainStreet and enjoy a fabulous fireworks show the last weekend in March! On Saturday, cars of all makes and models fill the Plaza, music fills the air, and food fills tummies while the spring sun tans faces.

Light Up Artesia

Light Up Artesia is the official start to the holiday season in downtown Artesia! Co-hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, Artesia MainStreet becomes a winter wonderland with thousands of lights in the trees down Main Street. Everyone counts on the event every year on the first Thursday evening after Thanksgiving to usher in the holiday season. Santa Claus is escorted into the downtown area by our very own US Border Patrol, Winged Riders of Artesia, and Artesia Car Enthusiasts. He stays and listens to holiday requests, while businesses remain open late and offer great deals. Organizations and individuals set up outdoor booths downtown to sell hot foods and crafts. Downtown twinkles and community spirit shines during Light Up Artesia as people stroll, shop, and eat.

Historical Artesia

Miller Siding
In 1894, the railroad came through the lower Pecos Valley to link Roswell to Eddy (today's Carlsbad). The siding half-way between the two towns was named “Miller” after a brakeman who worked for the rail-road (other sources cite G.E. “Jeff” Miller, a construction engineer).

A store opened at the Miller siding by 1898, and other buildings soon joined “the store at Miller”. More settlers joined the community, and as they drilled for water, our area's artesian wells were discovered. By that time Miller had a post office, and the community's name was officially changed to “Stegman” in 1899, after our first postmistress.

​ Artesia is Born
By 1903, the Artesia Townsite Company and the Artesia Improvement Company had been formed by businessmen to promote settlement in our town. Their first project was to change Stegman's name to “Artesia” to capitalize on the abundant water available here. Artesia was officially incorporated two years later in 1905.

Artesian Wells​
The artesian wells were a visual and agricultural attraction to early settlers until the early 1920s when the area's artesian wells began to dwindle due to 20 years of unchecked flow. Not only did the artesian wells draw in settlers, the discovery of oil became a top seller to prospective investors and settlers several years later. Today, the oil and gas industry continues to flourish in the Artesia area along with farming and ranching.

Artesia Historical Museum & Art Center

The Artesia Historical Museum and Art Center is located in the unique Moore-Ward cobblestone house. Exhibits in the main house focus on local and area history, featuring photographs, Native American artifacts, farm and ranch displays, and a hands-on children's room with hats and clothes to try on. The Art Annex gallery next door features rotating exhibits such as local art shows, traveling exhibits and temporary in-house displays. The museum offers special programs by arrangement and extensive outreach services as well. Mission Statement: To collect, preserve, and display objects and information relating to local and area history, and to make this history as accessible as possible to the visiting public.

​Museum History
The Artesia Historical Museum and Art Center first opened its doors in 1970, thanks to the generosity of the S.S. Ward estate in providing the quarters and the City of Artesia in providing financial support. Today, the museum's excellent and varied collections attest to the community's generosity and commitment to preserving our heritage. The museum's growth and expansion has continued with the supportive backing of the City of Artesia.

By 1982, a need for greater financial flexibility had arisen, and the Museum's Foundation was established as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization so that those who wish to make a financial gift directly to the museum can do so with the knowledge that the gift will be administered by a permanent foundation. Gifts to the foundation are used to sponsor many of the museum's events such as the annual Living Treasures Awards Ceremony, the Russell Floore Memorial Art Show, traveling exhibits, preservation projects such as our 1905 wooden Eclipse windmill and a 1951 Oldsmobile Rocket 88, and other projects for the benefit and enjoyment of the entire community.

If you are interested in making a contribution towards preserving our community's heritage, please consider making a gift to the Artesia Historical Museum & Art Center Foundation.

Events

Calendar

Sat Mar. 21

Artesia Public Library Friends of the Artesia Public Library Book Sale The Friends of the Artesia Public Library are hosting a Book Sale.


Mon Mar. 23

Artesia Public Library Book Discussion The Artesia Library Staff will lead a book discussion. We invite you to bring a brown bag lunch and join us on Monday, March 23rd, for a discussion of Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. Read On


Tue Mar. 24

Artesia Public Library Cooking Demonstration Join us as we partner with Artesia General Hospital for a cooking demonstration on Healthy Cooking. Read On


Wed Mar. 25

Artesia Public Library Scavenger Hunt As part of the Marchiversary Celebration, there will be an all day Scavenger Hunt at the library every Wednesday in March. Join us for lots of fun and some great prizes. Read On


Thu Mar. 26

Artesia Public Library Family Science Night Permian Basin Petroleum Museum/ Santo Petroleum/ and Artesia General Hospital present Family Science Night. "Science Does a Body Good" Read On


Fri Mar. 27

Artesia Public Library Books and Bites The Artesia Public Library was fortunate to have Lonna Enox help us celebrate the Grand Opening of the new Library just one year ago. We are excited to announce she will be returning to help us celebrate the one year anniversary. During this Books and Bites event, Lonna Enox will be discussing and signing her book "Blood Relations." Read On

Sat Mar. 28 "The Foundation" Sculpture Dedication Cancelled "The Foundation" sculpture dedication has been postponed due to unexpected circumstances. We will let you know as soon as we have details of a rescheduled date and time for the dedication. Read On

Sat Mar. 28

Artesia Public Library Cookies & Canvas Pam Atkins is directing a workshop in canvas painting. All supplies will be provided. There is limited seating, so pre-registration is required for this event. Read On

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