Deming — a fast growing rest stop

The Luna County Courthouse in Deming, New Mexico Red-brick monuments to Deming’s past as a turn-of-the-century western outpost still stand sentinel in the downtown area. These sturdy buildings figure as prominently into business, life and politics now as they did in their heyday. By enduring two world wars and major changes in transportation and communication, the structures affirm Deming’s historical continuity in the Southwest:  a dominant place of respite on the trail to elsewhere that never outgrows its usefulness. From […] Read more »

Deming — snowbird heaven

Deming, NM. Photo by Carla DeMarco. Thirty miles north of the Mexican border, set against the backdrop of the Florida Mountains, rests Deming, New Mexico, an Old West outlaw and railroad town known for its pure water, prime rock-hounding and annual duck race. Once a stage stop along the Butterfield Trail, Deming was founded in 1881 at the junction of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe and Southern Pacific railroad lines. Deming was named after Mary Deming Crocker, the wife […] Read more »

St. Luke’s in Deming — The House of Cards and the Unlone Stranger

St. Luke’s Church   “House of cards” has a whole ‘nother meaning when it comes to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Deming , New Mexico. According to legend, in 1892, the original structure of this frontier church was financed by $40,000 of winnings from a poker game with Doc Holliday in attendance and hosted by the notorious Lottie Deno. And, for a fact, Lottie Deno made one of the altar cloths used by St. Luke’s. The church’s design was an […] Read more »