Artesia in Eddy County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
First Lady of Artesia
Spirit of the Pioneer Woman
Sculptor: Robert Summers
Foundry: Eagle Bronze
The children in the sculpture are based on two children seen in a 1908 photograph of school children on the playground at Artesia's original Central School. The book Sallie holds was published years after her encounters with Billy the Kid, but reflects their brief history. The book is titled "An Authentic Life of Billy the Kid – The Noted Desperado of the Southwest." Its cover also notes the author: "By Pat Garrett, the Sheriff of Lincoln County at Whose Hands He Was Killed." The dime novel was published in 1882.
Queen of the Jinglebob
The niece of famed cattleman John Chisum, Sallie Chisum moved to her uncle's Jinglebob
Angel of Mercy
After a failed marriage, Sallie Chisum filed a homestead and drilled the first artesian water well in 1890 within the boundaries of present day Artesia. Sallie was one of the first traders in the real estate market in Artesia, established and operated Artesia's first post office with her second husband, and, after a second divorce, ran a boarding house for railroad immigrants and travelers to the area. She was a businesswoman, caregiver to the sick and ailing, and a companion to children, although her own children were taken by their father to Europe. During her years of service to the community of Artesia, she often was called the Angel of Mercy.
First Lady of Artesia
The third of three homes built by Sallie Chisum in Artesia remains on Texas Avenue and is listed on the National Trust for Historic Places. Sallie Chisum left Artesia in 1919 and, after a brief stay in California, settled in Roswell where she
Billy the Kid
Sallie Chisum's early years on the Jinglebob included visits from the infamous William H. Bonney, also known as Billy the Kid. Although often on the run, The Kid was known to travel miles on horseback just to visit the young and striking Sallie on the Jinglebob Ranch. She made mention of Billy the Kid in her diaries, once noting that he brought her candies.
Erected by Artesia Main Street, Inc.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Women. A significant historical year for this entry is 1902.
Location. 32° 50.526′ N, 104° 23.972′ W. Marker is in Artesia, New Mexico, in Eddy County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street and South 3rd Street, on the right when traveling east on West Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Artesia NM 88210, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Independent Spirit (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Derrick Floor (approx. ¼ mile away); Castaño de Sosa’s Route (approx. 2.3 miles away); Artesia (approx. 3.7 miles away); a different Artesia (approx. 8.3 miles away); Seven Rivers Cemetery (approx. 8.3 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 10.1 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on April 18, 2018. It was originally submitted on May 4, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 797 times since then and 80 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on May 4, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.