Founded in 1881 and once nicknamed New Chicago, the city of Deming, New Mexico was once projected to become as big as the city in its nickname. Deming was, after all, the site where the Silver Spike connected two major transcontinental railroads. Because of this event, many thought that Deming would one day become a major railroad hub. Today, the city is by most standards a small town of 14,000 located in southeastern corner of New Mexico about an hour and a half from the Texas border.
Deming is located in the heart of some beautifully mountainous park space, which is a draw for hikers, bikers, trail walkers and scenery lovers. Rockhound State Park, on the western portion of the Little Florida Mountains, is a favorite of rock collectors with its abundance of quartz and agates. There is also a scenic trail that provides views of the mountains’ breathtaking 7,000-foot heights.
Those interested in Deming’s history can enjoy the Deming Luna Mimbres Museum, which contains exhibits and artifacts from Native American settlements, an antique doll room, gems, and war memorabilia. The museum is also housed in the city’s National Guard Armory, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Quite possibly Deming’s most offbeat annual event is the Great American Duck Race. This is an event that features live duck racing. Music, a bevy of food vendors, a balloon rally and a parade are also part of the Duck Race’s family-friendly mix.