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A lot can be said about a town's history by a sculpture. The Derrick Floor Sculpture is a striking bronze sculpture depicting what life is like on a drilling rig. The sculpture which is built in life like form shows a four man drilling crew that was typical of a drilling rig operation in Southeastern New Mexico. The oil rig itself is cut off at 34 feet and the sculptures of the men manning the rig are 125% of their normal size. The Derrick Floor was built by Cody, Wyoming sculptor Vic Payne and dedicated in 2004. On a plaque near the statue it reads that this is dedicated to the men and women who take the risks, and do the work to find, produce and refine New Mexico oil and gas."
On the same parcel of the sculpture are shown, "The Partners," a smaller sculpture which depicts two local Artesia area men Mark Chase and Johnny Gray who developed an oil and gas partnership that was a successful local company for many years. They are featured leaner over a pick up truck to make a deal which apparently was the way they did business in the 1970's.
City administration and other community services are provided at the Artesia City Hall building at 511 West Texas Street. The building was constructed in the early 1960's to replace the old City Hall Building at 422 Main Street which was constructed as a WPA project in 1939.
As you drive down Main Street one of the things that will catch your eye is the giant Marquee at the Land of the Sun Theater. The theater was opened in 1947 and was owned and operated by the local Bartlett family. They eventually sold it to Carmlike Cinemas. By 2001 the condition of the theater had deteriorated markedly. An agreement was reached between Carmlike and the local Main Street Corporation to renovate the theater. Today the theater looks very nice and the marquee has been restored to give it some of the glamor that it had in the 1940's. The theater plays first run movies and is open for community events.
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Fondest memory: All I saw of Artesia, while driving through, was a large woolen factory, and a fabulous thunder storm. I love approaching storms, and will always remember the one in Artesia.
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