For those looking for a bit of history or even prehistory, Roosevelt County has multiple attractions. The area features a National Historic Landmark, five museums, and the one of the nation’s largest collections of windmills.
Clovis Man inhabited the Blackwater Draw area north of Portales over 13,000 years ago. Home to “Clovis culture,” the area was the first of its kind in proving the antiquity of humans in North America and is considered one of the most significant archaeological sites in North America. Designated as a National Historic Landmark, the Blackwater Draw Archeological Site and the Blackwater Draw Museum are two of the most visited locations in the region
ENMU’s Golden Library offers an extensive and rare science fiction collection in its Jack Williamson Science Fiction Library. Visitors can view (and read!) over 30,000 science fiction volumes, including one of the earliest known scripts for George Lucas’ epic Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back—one of the rarest in the country.
There are five distinct museums at the ENMU campus. The Runnells Gallery is host to many art exhibits throughout the year, and is on the first floor of the Golden Library. The Roosevelt County Historical Museum contains artifacts from Roosevelt County and technology of the past, as evidenced by a printing press and a medical instrument collection. It’s located near the Administration building. The Natural History Museum is filled with interesting exhibits through ENMU’s Department of Biology, featuring live animals and plants. The mission of the museum is to gain an understanding of the diversity of life with an emphasis on the natural heritage of eastern New Mexico and the greater Southwest. The Miles Mineral Museum, (adjacent to the Natural History Museum), features rare minerals. Finally the Miles Anthropology Museum highlights Native American artifacts.
The Roosevelt County area was home to large cattle ranches in the late 1800s. That Western heritage is still on display at the Dalley Windmill collection located at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. The collection contains over 70 windmills of various makes and age.