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Cannon AFB Guide_2019 Living Museums

Learn about New Mexico’s history and cultural contributions by visiting one of the local museums.

Blackwater Draw Museum and Blackwater Locality No. 1 Site
Portales, NM 575-356-2202/5235

One of the best-known and most significant sites in North American archaeology, Blackwater Locality No. 1 documents and interprets the earliest Paleo-Indian cultures in North America. Mammoth bones, stone and bone weapons, tools and processing implements have all been found at the site. A National Historic Landmark, the Blackwater Locality No. 1 site on Highway 467, 1 mile north of the Oasis State Park highway exit, has both guided and self-guided tours.

The Blackwater Draw Museum displays artifacts found at the archaeological site. The museum, off Highway 70, is owned by Eastern New Mexico University. Hours vary by season. For information on hours and fees for the museum and archaeology site, visit the museum’s website.

Miles Mineral Museum
Roosevelt Hall, Room 103
Eastern New Mexico University
Portales, NM 88130 575-562-2651

The Miles Mineral Museum displays numerous minerals and rocks, including meteorites, many of them from the original Fred Miles collection. Admission is free.

Natural History Museum
ENMU Station 33
1500 S. Avenue K
Portales, NM 88130 575-562-2174

The Dr. Antonio “Tony” Gennaro Natural History Museum, affiliated with the Department of Biology at Eastern New Mexico University, emphasizes the natural heritage of eastern New Mexico and the Southwest with live native plants and animals and other educational displays and programs. Special tours are available.

Norman Petty Recording Studios
1313 W. Seventh St.
Clovis, NM 88101 575-763-3435

Boogie back in time and see where Norman Petty recorded the tunes of famous musicians like Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison and Waylon Jennings. Norman Petty Recording Studios looks much as it did in the late ’50s with its dangling microphones, old control board, a Coke machine and other vintage furnishings. Tours are by appointment only. Contact the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce for more information.

Norman & Vi Petty Rock & Roll Museum
105 E. Grand Ave.
Clovis, NM 88101 575-763-3435

Exhibits at the Norman & Vi Petty Rock & Roll Museum tell the story of the visionary record producers who recorded some of the greatest musicians of all time, including Buddy Holly, Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs and Buddy Knox. In fact, the Pettys were musicians themselves and had hits in the 1950s with “Mood Indigo” and later, “Almost Paradise.” Exhibits include photographs, instruments, records and other memorabilia that illustrate the duo’s influence on rock ’n’ roll.

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