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Lea History & Culture

Lea County’s history has been one of change and growth. The original settlers of this area would find it hard to believe that Lea County has become so populated and plays a vital role in the production of some of the nation’s energy resources.

Lea County has welcomed and fostered the energy industries – petroleum, natural gas, and more recently nuclear and renewable – for more than eight decades, and for those reasons Lea County has become known as the EnergyPlex – the nation’s epicenter of energy commerce.

Lea County also has a long history in farming and ranching, and residents take great pride in showcasing this rich agricultural heritage through the Lea County Museum, Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame.

Today, Lea County flourishes not only in oil and gas, but also in agriculture, cattle, the dairy industry, and is the home to a state correctional institution.

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