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