Lovington, New Mexico


 

 Issued to mark the 100th anniversary of Lovington and it's past.

The Federal Homestead Act of 1862, brought settlers from the east, high on hopes and dreams. First settled around 1900 by E.M. and J.W. Caudle, Texas traders who built the first general store.

In 1903, Robert Florence  Love homesteaded on a section of land  that is now present day Lovington, in a dugout home. Florence, and  brother James, later established a town site in 1908 and petitioned for a post office, with the petition be granted effective Sept 12, 1908.

In Gil Hinshaw's book "Lea, New Mexico's Last Frontier", he writes" The drought that began in 1917 continued to tighten its squeeze on hapless farmers and ranchers.; the economic recession that followed the end of World War I led in the early 1920s to the closing of the Territorial State Bank, the First National Bank and the Llano Loan Company; and in 1923 the generating plant of the Lovington Public Utility Company burned to the ground, leaving the city without electrical power for the next five years. It was a bleak decade for Lea County's only city (actually still a village.)

Lovington has prevailed and in July of 2008, celebrates its first 100 years of growth, from its dusty dugout start, to being named the County Seat and the battle with its southern neighbor to retain the status of County Seat.

Gil Hinshaw's books "Lea, New Mexico's Last Frontier" and "Lovington, Survivor on the High Plains"; Jim White's book "The History of Lea County Post Offices" and Lynn C. Mauldin's book "Lea County New Mexico, A Pictorial History" are excellent sources for further reading into the history of Lovington.