Biggest Little Museum in the West

Preserving and exhibiting the rich history of Lea County and the surrounding areas of Eastern New Mexico and West Texas

About the Lea County Museum

Programs & Exhibits

Year-round collection of programs and exhibits highlighting the history of Lea County.

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Educational Programs/Tours

As an educational organization focusing upon the history of Lea County, the LCM host school tours throughout the year. In…

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Ellis Byers Room

Ellis Byers, the son of a prominent Lovington family, was killed when the bomber plane he was flying went down…

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Field Family Room

Located on the second floor of the 1918 Commercial Hotel building, the Field Family Room contains photographs and artifacts from…

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Harold Runnels Room

Harold Runnels was the US Representative of Southern New Mexico from 1960 to 1970, the year he passed away from…

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Upcoming Events and Calendar

Art Show: From the Museum Collection

August 3 @ 8:00 am

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LCM Santa Fun Run 5k & 2-Mile Walk

December 7 @ 8:00 am

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Explore Bookstore and Gifts

Great New Book

This is the description of a great book.

$15.00

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From the Bull Barn to the Bucking Broncs

With antidotes, newspaper articles, association minutes, advertisements and photographs Harris and Minton provide a timeline in Lea County, New Mexico; from the late 1800’s when buffalo hunters settled at Monument Spring and the first ranches were established, through the first rodeos held at local ranches to the establishment of the Lea County Fair and Rodeo and the Open Range Cowboy Association in the 1900’s, and into the new 21st century sharing the stories of the men and women who have…

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Love, Death, and the Plains

"This book is intended as a tribute and is gratefully dedicated to the authors of the following articles and stories. These are the men and women who took the time to write down their experiences and the experiences of their families and neighbors. It is through them that we know our past. A past unrecorded is soon erased by time. Thanks to these writers, significant fragments of our history have been recorded and are preserved. Through their writings, we can,…

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Lost in Lea

"These poems of Peter Mladinic lay their fingers on the pulse of Lea County, past and present. Whether he is pondering the gravestones of past inhabitants or wondering about present friends and neighbors, Mladinic is in tune with and an integral part of the history that surrounds him. As a poet who recognizes himself a vital part of where he is, his poems 'light a match in the dark/and spot on the map of grief the spot/where two rivers converge."…

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Recent Stories and Blogs

In History of Lea, Words and Language Remain Keys to Personal and County Stories

History Notebook by Jim Harris. Originally published in the Lovington Daily Leader, Lovington, New Mexico on August 27, 2013 Listening to Texas country music icon Billy Joe Shaver talk and sing about his life made me go back and examine several Lea County historical narratives that have found their way into print and that have passed along the county story over the last century. Here’s what I found: Despite the proliferation of popular alternate histories, such as film, video, still…

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The Lipan Apaches: Southern Plains Indians in Eastern New Mexico And Texas

History Notebook by Jim Harris. Originally published in the Lovington Daily Leader, Lovington, New Mexico on September 10, 2013 In Bandera County Texas in 1866 a fourteen-year-old orphan named Frank Buckalew was captured by a band of Apache Indians raiding settlements in the rugged Hill Country south of Austin and west of San Antonio. As he was being taken northwest out of the Hill Country and into the plains of West Texas, young Frank must have wondered what was coming…

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Indians of West Texas and Eastern New Mexico

History Notebook by Jim Harris. Originally published in the Lovington Daily Leader, Lovington, New Mexico on September 17 My writing of last week’s History Notebook on the Lipan Apache Indians brought me to much more reading about the Native Americans of the American Southwest. From Sherry Robinson’s book “I Fought a Good Fight: A History of the Lipan Apaches,” I found myself looking at any book on Indians I have in my possession in the Lea County Museum and in…

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