Lea County New Mexico
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.
Once known as part of the Great American Desert, the area held no promise of open water for travelers. At one time, a spring was discovered which flowed in the early part of the year, and a tall mound of rocks was built to mark the spot. This monument was a welcome sight to the people who passed through this area. It is no longer standing, because the rocks were used to build a house, but the spring still flows near Monument, New Mexico.
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.