Although Artesia’s history dates back to the 1880s with John Chisum’s cattle empire and the railroad, it wasn’t until 1903 that the city received its third and final name: Artesia, which reflects the city’s plentiful water supply from artesian water wells. Water is not the city’s only claim to fame. In 1924, the Illinois #3 oil well’s success began the city’s prominent place in oil country, which continues today.
Artesia is a quiet community, but it is full of activity and a great sense of community pride. With its rich history, dynamic present, and promising future, Artesia is the hub of southeast New Mexico. Travelers can stop and stay, or even put down roots with wonderful job opportunities and a family-friendly environment. A full calendar of events throughout the year satisfies a variety of interests, from a hot air balloon festival to 5K fun runs, and from theatrical performances to an annual red dirt country music concert. Additionally, Artesia’s parks and recreation offerings include nice walking, running, and biking paths; a new state-of-the-art aquatic center; skate park; basketball and tennis courts; and baseball, softball, and soccer fields. Easy access to outdoor recreation, such as hiking, camping, fishing, and boating, and close proximity to surrounding communities means there is always something to do. #AbsolutelyArtesia