Who Was Leonard Slye? And what does he have to do with Roswell, New Mexico?

He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on November 5, 1911.  The building where he was born now houses the Riverfront Stadium, also known as Cinergy Field.  Later he and his parents lived on a houseboat for a few years.  Then solid land beckoned and his dad bought a farm.  Farms require long hours, hard work,  distance from neighbors, and schools.  But it agreed with Leonard.  He rode horseback to school since it was long before the days of school busing. […] Read more »

A Changing Roswell — what was “The Incident’s” purpose?

Downtown Roswell. Photo by Phyllis Eileen Banks. Nestled in a valley that is the only oasis for 75 to 100 miles in the desert prairie of New Mexico, Roswell is a bustling community of about 50,000 people.  During the famed UFO Festival it grows to about 60,000 to 70,000.  Its main street, appropriately  named "Main Street," becomes U.S. Highway 285 heading north and south.  Its second main street (named what else?  "Second Street") becomes U.S. Highway 70, leading east and […] Read more »

Roswell Symphony Orchestra

The Roswell Symphony Photo Courtesy Dr. Lari Young, Mgr., Roswell Symphony Orchestra. Now in its 38th year, the Roswell Symphony Orchestra‘s 60 members come from all the major cities within a 200-mile radius of Roswell: Lubbock, Amarillo, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Las Cruces, El Paso, Portales, Alamogordo, the states of Texas and Colorado, and, of course, Roswell. It has come a long way since its inception in the basement of the First Methodist Church on July 28, 1959. Though not professional […] Read more »

Roswell’s Downtown Historical District

The Mossman House Courtesy photo. Roswell is becoming known for its interesting Downtown Historic District. The District was created by the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico with the aid of a grant from the State Historic Preservation Division in 1983-84. It was named tothe State and National Registers of Historic Places in 1985, along with the campus of New Mexico Military Institute, several outlying ranches, and Chihuahuita, probably the oldest settlement in the Roswell area. Chihuahuita was named only […] Read more »

Roswell, New Mexico — the city with a magnetic personality

Downtown Roswell Photo by Phyllis Eileen Banks. I grew up (more or less) in Roswell. More or less? Well, my family moved often until I hit my teens. We always managed to bounce back to Roswell for a while before we set out again searching for that elusive rainbow my father chased all his life. The year I turned thirteen, my mother declared that a magnet was planted in the middle of Second and Main Streets in Roswell, and everyone […] Read more »

Historical Center for Southeast New Mexico — a living history

Historical Center for Southeast New Mexico. The Historical Center for Southeast New Mexico, 200 North Lea Street, Roswell, New Mexico was constructed in 1910 and listed in the National Register of Historical Places.  This stately home, once the residence of James Phelps White, houses the Museum. The yellow-brick home, with its gently sweeping rooflines and large porches, is an excellent example of the prairie-style house developed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It is a reminder of turn-of-the-century life in Southeastern New […] Read more »

Why retire in Roswell?

Cahoon Park Photo courtesy Roswell Parks Department Why retire in Roswell? Let me count the reasons. Lots of sunshine all through the year with little humidity. Light snowfalls once or twice during the winter, except when Mother Nature throws us a curve as in December of 1997, probably referred to in the future as the Winter of 97. Affordable housing from starter houses to top-of-the-line. Many people have retired here from California. After selling their homes there and buying here […] Read more »

Cheese and Dairies in New Mexico

Cheese Cheese is a beloved food around the world. As New Mexico is often associated with cacti and desert, many people do not realize the Land of Enchantment is the fastest growing dairy state in the nation. In Roswell, Leprino Foods has the world"s largest mozzarella cheese factory. Today we take cheese production for granted. But how did cheese originate? Was Miss Muffet’s "curds and whey" version near the beginning of cheese’s enduring evolution? According to legend, cheese was first […] Read more »

Bottomless Lakes State Park

Red Bluff on east side. Photo by Phyllis Eileen Banks Sixty-five years sounds quite old, but it is a very young age for a first state park. Dedicated in 1933, Bottomless Lakes was New Mexico’s first designated State Park. It is a twelve mile drive east of Roswell on U. S. Highway 380, then seven miles south on New Mexico Highway 409. The lakes are bottomless in name only. None is more than ninety feet deep, but the illusion of […] Read more »

Bitter Lake Wildlife Refuge

Bitter Lake. Photo by Bruce Gaucher. In 1937, some very farsighted conservationists realized the need to protect the nation’s remaining wetlands. The Bitter Lake Wildlife Refuge was one of those acquired during that period under the Department of the Interior and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Strategically located on the Great Plains of the Southwest, it is near the Pecos River east of Roswell. The water of the shallow lake is very brackish, too bitter to drink, and […] Read more »