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Lea County, New Mexico

We are very happy to have this opportunity to furnish information on Lea County. Lea County's main businesses are established in the oil and gas industry and in agriculture. Professional services are also primary in the development and stability of the County.
Lea County provides the conditions needed for businesses to prosper. We have easy access within the County provided by four-lane highways. Traveling to and from work can be achieved in a drive of only a few minutes. The cost of living here is 10% below the national average.
Water and natural gas are abundant and economical in Lea County. Our electrical provider, Southwestern Public Service - New Centuries Energies Company, offers industry rates that are the 5th lowest in the United States with a high reliability rating.
Local governments are anxious to make the move of any new business as effortless as possible. We will try to help your business take advantage of every tax break and incentive available. Included in Lea County's bountiful assets is a highly motivated labor force. The outlook of your company's future will be glowing from this area of plentiful sunshine.
One of the important aspects of the quality of life in Lea County is education. Kindergarten through Masters level education is available which makes for a promising work force. Our elementary and secondary schools are fully accredited and we have a junior college and a four-year college.


History of Lea County

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History

Eunice

Hobbs

Jal

Lovington

Tatum
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Lea County, New Mexico was created on March 17, 1917, five years after New Mexico was admitted to the Union as a State.  At that time, the region had essentially nothing to offer except the vision of a handful of hardy settlers. The only thing connecting the sparse settlements were wagon roads and cattle trails. There were none of the communication conveniences of telegraph or daily newspaper and the mail was carried via horses. There was no railroad, no running streams or rivers, and no major city. Politicians in Santa Fe considered the area to be an immense, semi-arid pastureland on the southwestern corner of the state. Therefore, they found it hard to justify the creation of a county from such an arid, windswept place. The only natural resources for taxes that were know of were grass and water. However, a great wealth in gas, oil and potash was later discovered.
Change and growth has been part of Lea County's history. It's first settlers would find it difficult to believe that the County is now so populated and vital to the sources of energy for the nation.
Lea County now flourishes in oil and gas, agriculture, and the dairy business.


City of Eunice

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Eunice

Hobbs

Jal

Lovington

Tatum
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The City of Eunice was founded in 1909 with the opening of a U.S. Post Office. The city's name was chosen from a list prepared by the post office's operator, John Ceasar, and one of his daughter's names was Eunice.
Homesteaders brought about the early growth to the area and many cattle ranches were settled. A well known cattle ranch, the "84 Ranch," was established in 1885.
Oil and gas was discovered in 1929 and provided the resources need for the community. This resulted in its incorporation in 1937.


City of Hobbs

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Eunice

Hobbs

Jal

Lovington

Tatum
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The founding of Hobbs occurred in early 1907 by a chance meeting between two covered wagons on a trail across the Llano Estacado plain. James Isaac Hobbs and his family were headed for Texas when they met an eastbound wagon of pioneers returning from Texas because they had been unable to make a living there. Mr. Hobbs then decided to head north and settled in the southeastern corner of New Mexico in March of 1907, which is now the location of the City of Hobbs. Other settlers were drawn to the area by the promise of free land. Land claims register that by 1911 Hobbs had approximately 25 landowners.
In June, 1928, the discovery of oil created a rush of growth. This resulted in the community's incorporation in 1929. Quickly Hobbs turned into a tent city of 5,000 settlers. At present, it is the economic and residential growth center for the southeastern New Mexico Permian Basin.


City of Jal

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Eunice

Hobbs

Jal

Lovington

Tatum
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The City of Jal's name was taken from the JAL Ranch, which was established in 1886 and was comprised of 192,000 acres in Lea County. Jal was founded with the establishment of a Post Office and was officially incorporated in 1928 shortly following the discovery of oil and gas in the area.
With the establishment of Texas Company (later called Texaco), El Paso Natural Gas Company and The Continental Oil Company, Jal began to grow and develop. Because of that growth, Jal proclaimed itself the "Gas Capital" of the nation.
Jal continues to prosper today from the natural resources and economic prosperity of the region.


City of Lovington

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Eunice

Hobbs

Jal

Lovington

Tatum
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When the Love brothers moved to southeastern New Mexico in 1900, they founded the City of Lovington. Lovington is located on the land that Robert F. Love homesteaded in 1903. The first business in Lovington was the Jim B. Love Grocery Store, built by Robert's brother in 1908, and the post office was set up in the store.
In 1910, a successful attempt to draw new settlers was made by offering free lots to families with children. Lovington was appointed as the county seat in 1917, which assured the community's future prosperity. The city was incorporated in 1918.
It was the initiative of leaders of the community that brought rail service to the area. Initially, their efforts did not entice the railroads; but the discovery of oil and gas did. The impact of the oil industry was most prevalent during the 1940's and 1950's with a 12,000 foot deep oil production well, the "Sawyer Discovery."
Before the discovery of oil and gas, the community was primarily involved in ranching and farming. Lovington's lifestyles and labor force were shaped by the new industry. The oil and gas industry eventually declined, leaving a lasting impression. However, many businesses survived and others provided gradual but steady growth.
Today, Lovington's self reliance is evident by its commitment to public affairs and its dedication to the future.


City of Tatum

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Eunice

Hobbs

Jal

Lovington

Tatum
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The City of Tatum was long considered as an ancient crossroad, initially by the Indians and later as the Great Four Lakes Ranch of 1.5 million acres. James B. Tatum homesteaded the area and opened a general store in 1909. That store was granted operation as a U.S. Post Office the same year.
The City of Tatum was known as a rich agricultural area with abundant water and good land. Incorporation came about in 1948.


E-mail: administrator@leacounty.net
Phone: (575) 396-8521
FAX: (575) 396-5684
Mail: Lea County
100 North Main
Lovington, NM 88260-4030