In the coming months we will be moving to Facebook entirely and eventually this website will cease to exist. There are several reasons for this, but the main reason is that the way people use the internet has changed.

When we started this website back in 2007, most people looked at the internet using a computer with a web browser. Now, most people use their phones or tablets to access the web.  Back when we started building these pages, we used a very simple version of HTML to build them, which worked okay for most browsers, but doesn't work well on phones or tablets. 

There is also the issue of where to store such a large number of photographs with a reliable host that will be around for the foreseeable future at a minimal cost.

We've decided that rather than rebuild the website from scratch to make it mobile-friendly, we will work to move all of the photographs here to the Facebook page that was set up a few years ago.

Whether you love Facebook or hate it, the fact is that it is changing the way we all use the internet and how most businesses operate and communicate with their customers.  We hope to see you there.

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Welcome to HobbsHistory.com

The following pages contain photographs, images of newspapers, and other items with a place in the history of Hobbs, New Mexico.   We would like to thank the following people for their generosity in sharing their images and information on this site: Wanda Bell, BP America, Inc., Ken Cartlidge, Stephen Core, Debbie (Pribble) Lawson, Leslie (Pribble) Gerhardt Cryer,  Arnold Dunn, Spencer Emrick, Jamie Fletcher, Bob Haggard, Bill Lee, Jim Maddox, Dr. Steve McCleery, Leslie Meyer, David Minton, New Mexico Junior College, The Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, Bill Pevey, Tom Pardo, Berta Glover Richer, Bud Shortridge, Sharon Young Taylor, Lou Thole, Mark Veteto, Sandra Wiley, Johnny Yee and many others who have provided encouragement and shared their memories of the past.

Thank you to Paula Manis, Peggy Smith, Casey's in the MiniMall, Sylvia Peterson and Young Investment Company for allowing us to use dozens of photographs and other historical items from their collection.

A special thanks goes to Max Clampitt, not only for allowing us to use dozens of photographs from his collection, but for his dedication to preserving and chronicling the history of our city.

Hobbs is a city located in the southeast corner of the State of New Mexico, in Lea County with a population of 43,405 as of 2011. 

"Dear sister,
We have got to where we are going and are in a oil town and I think we will get a job and are going to stay here two or three days.  It is raining down here. It sure is a pretty place.  I sure am sleepy. I haven't slept any since I left up there. We had 3 flats coming down here.

     - Postcard mailed from Hobbs on December 10, 1930

Photo courtesy of the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, Webel Collection.

The roots of the city go back to 1907 when James Isaac Hobbs, his wife Francis and their four children arrived in the area from Texas.  But, growth in the area really began with the discovery of oil in Hobbs in 1928.  Through boom and bust, the city has endured and grown into a thriving community that is home to approximately 43,000 people.

We hope you enjoy your visit to our "virtual museum" and will share it with your friends.  Come back often, as we plan to continue to add new content and are always looking for additional images and information to add.

Images & Advertising of early Hobbs, New Mexico

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Got some old pictures?  Want to help?

Our goal is to continue to expand this website and increase the information and images available here.  We are always looking for additional photographs and artifacts from Hobbs' past and we need your help.  Much of the history of Hobbs has been captured in photographs that are now in the hands of its citizens, often passed down from one generation to the next. 

If you have old photographs, postcards, magazine articles, books, yearbooks, advertising items or anything else that others might like to look at on this site, please contact us.  We don't need to keep your item--we can borrow it, make a scan for the website, and return it within a day or two. 
We are especially interested in any
items from the
Hobbs Army Air Field,
early oilfield photographs,
early sports photographs
and old photos of Hobbs businesses.

For more information contact - Mark Cotton

© Copyright 2013 Steve Rokks
Photo used by permission


These pages are dedicated to the memory of all those who
came before us and left this city in our trust. The people who
snapped the shutters on those early cameras to capture the
images that fascinate us today.

  And personally, to my memories of two men whose lives
served as examples of the quiet heroes that surround us:

Curtis H. Cotton, Jr.
Murrell J. Abbott


Fair Use - Disclaimer

FAIR USE NOTICE: This website contains copyrighted material the use of which has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. I believe that the use of such material for nonprofit educational purposes (and other related purposes) constitutes a 'fair use' of the copyrighted material as provided for in the US Copyright Law at Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107. If you wish to use this copyrighted material for purposes of your own that go beyond ‘fair use’, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner. If for any reason you believe that use of your material on this site does not fall within the 'fair use' guidelines, please immediately notify the webmaster of this site so that the matter can be promptly addressed.

This website was created and is maintained by Mark Cotton, who is solely responsible for its content.
Please contact me if you have photographs or other items of interest that you would like to be displayed here.

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