Eddy History & Culture
Eddy County is located in Southeastern New Mexico and named for cattle rancher Charles B. Eddy. As of the census of 2000, there were 51,658 people, 19,379 households, and 14,069 families residing in the county. The population density was 12 people per square mile.
Eddy County is a beautiful and scenic place, rich with natural resources, abundant water, sprawling ranches, profitable businesses and an abundance of wildlife. Carlsbad Caverns National Park, also known as “bat caves”, the third largest chamber in North America and the seventh largest in the world, brings millions of visitors into Eddy County every year. Oil was discovered in Eddy County after 1902, which promote the high value oil industries grow over the years. The discovery of Potash boomed in potash mining and several large potash producers set up business in the area.