Torrance History & Culture
Torrance is the heart of New Mexico. Located in Estancia, N.M. Torrance County is one of the most productive agricultural counties in the United States. Pinto beans, corn, alfalfa and pumpkins are just a small portion of the crops, which are harvested throughout the year. The rural areas of Torrance County may be open and spacious, but they are intensively used for agriculture. Persons moving into a rural area must recognize there are drawbacks, including conflicts with long-standing agricultural practices and a lower level of services than in town.
Torrance County was created from the eastern part of Valencia County on March 16, 1903. The County was named for Francis J. Torrance, one of the promoters connected with the building of the New Mexico Central Railroad.
Torrance County is also home to the beautiful Manzano Mountains, Salina’s National Monument and vast open, undisturbed rangeland which farmers, ranchers, and wildlife call home.
Today, Torrance County employs over 100 people who work to serve the citizens of the County. County services include law enforcement, fire protection, emergency medical services, 911 dispatch, road maintenance, property tax assessment, property tax collection, election and judicial services.