Artesia Walk

(Artesia NM)
Water, cattle and oil have combined to make Artesia successful. The downtown has seen lots of improvements and now features a walking tour with many points of interest.

Sculpture of cattle and cowboy

Cattle Drive sculpture in Artesia

Many large sculptures depicting the towns roots adorn street corners. Cowboys, cattle, oil rig, veterans memorial, and others.

Sculpture of rearing horse and downed cow

Cattle Rustler

Facade of theatre

Ocotillo Performing Arts Center

The Ocotillo Performing Arts Center, a new Library that features a mural by famed artist Peter Hurd, and the restored Land of the Sun Theatre are worth seeing.

Sculpture in vet park

Veterans Memorial

Mural and fountain

Mural on Heritage Walkway

Murals, water fountains, and tiled paths are featured in the Heritage Walkway tucked between buildings downtown. It was very well done.

Monument to oil drillers

Sculpture of Oil Derrick

I spent about an hour strolling around locating the sites, and there were others that I skipped. Plans were to have lunch in a local café, but I didn’t see one that called to me. So, I headed down the road to the next camp.

Site: Downtown Artesia
Scene: Sculptures, murals, historic buildings

2 Responses to Artesia Walk

  1. J. RICHARD SECOR April 3, 2014 at 6:40 pm #

    have not been there – looks nice!

    • Pleinguy November 15, 2014 at 11:34 pm #

      Very impressive for a small town.

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