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Artesia in Eddy County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Independent Spirit

 
 
Independent Spirit Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 26, 2012
1. Independent Spirit Marker
Inscription. The men who drove cattle from Texas up along the Pecos River during the mid-1860s until the barbed-wire era of the early 1900s were tough, independent and courageous. Those who chose to settle down and ranch in the surrounding plains or rugged Guadalupe and Sacramento Mountains retained that Independent Spirit to a marked degree, which was necessary to face the rugged terrain, harsh climate and lawless conditions of the times.

With the arrival of the railroad in 1894, Artesia became first, a cattle shipping point and economic base for area ranchers, and second, a home for determined farmers irrigating their farms with artesian water. The strong wills of these farmers and ranchers were matched by the risk-taking oil wildcatters who burst onto the scene after oil was discovered in 1924.

Together these rugged and determined individuals set the stage for the development and growth of Artesia. To this day, Artesia is home to a significant number of risk-takers and entrepreneurs, who are not only involved in far-reaching business ventures, but also deeply committed to making Artesia a better place to live. This monument is dedicated to Artesia's can-do attitude and, most of all, its Independent Spirit that has become so well-known throughout New Mexico.

"Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway."
Independent Spirit Marker (on the left) image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 26, 2012
2. Independent Spirit Marker (on the left)
– John Wayne
 
Erected 2007.
 
Location. 32° 50.553′ N, 104° 23.841′ W. Marker is in Artesia, New Mexico, in Eddy County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 82 and U.S. 285, on the right when traveling west on U.S. 82. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Artesia NM 88210, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Lady of Artesia (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Derrick Floor (approx. 0.3 miles away); Castaño de Sosa’s Route (approx. 2.3 miles away); Artesia (approx. 3.7 miles away); a different marker also named Artesia (approx. 8.3 miles away); Seven Rivers Cemetery (approx. 8.3 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 10.1 miles away).
 
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Trail Boss image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 26, 2012
3. Trail Boss
Trail Boss
Vic Payne, Sculptor
Eagle Bronze Foundry
Lander, Wyoming
March 24, 2007

Dedication Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 26, 2012
4. Dedication Plaque
Artesia Main Street appreciates the generosity of our supporters, who have made the Trail Boss monument possible: Don & Jean Brewer - Mack. C. Chase Family - Marbob Energy Corporation ~ In loving memory of John R. Gray - Navajo Refining Company - The Yates Families

"There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect." – Ronald Reagan
Trail Boss image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 26, 2012
5. Trail Boss
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 27, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 392 times since then and 74 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 27, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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