Portales — a “porch” for New Mexico

Downtown Portales, 2nd Street. Photo courtesy Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce. Spring waters gushing from a series of caves shaped like porches across a hacienda home gave Portales its name. It is also a door to human history with the discovery of artifacts and skeletons of mastodons dating back 11,000 years. Originally it was known as "Los Portales," portals to the Southwest United States. Established in the 1800s, irrigation has made agriculture the major industry. Peanuts are a leading crop […] Read more »