Seniors Enjoy Hobbs

welcomeI was watching a weather forecast and a nasty storm passed right through Hobbs. I have been through New Mexico many times but I don’t remember going through Hobbs (pop. 35,000) in Lea County. Senior travelers will find it south of Clovis and northwest of Odessa and Midland, Texas, just a hop, a skip and a jump from the west Texas border.

In 1907, James Isaac Hobbs and his wife Francis (Fannie) sold their family farm in Brown County, TX and with their three daughters and James Berry, moved to southeast New Mexico for Fannie’s health. Later the city would bear their name.

Near First and Texas Streets, they constructed a dugout. Berry Hobbs, who opened a store in 1909 and later served as postmaster, is credited with being the founder of Hobbs.

 Seniors Enjoy Hobbs Greatest Asset


Hobbs is located within easy driving distance from Lubbock and the Midland/Odessa area. The city is the focal point for arts and education in Lea County. New Mexico Junior College and the College of the Southwest, a four-year college with an MBA and MS degrees, are both at home in Hobbs.

Interested in sports or events?  The Lea County Event Center is the second largest facility of its type in New Mexico just across the street from the Black Gold Casino and Horse Racing Track where excitement is always in season. Senior visitors will find that Hobbs is not only growing into New Mexico’s newest destination, they will discover Hobbs’ greatest asset… its people.

 The Harry McAdams State Park in Hobbs is a beautiful place for senior citizens to enjoy natural scenery and beauty. The Visitors Center, located in the park, houses  several interesting historical displays. The park has a picturesque jogging trail, and for senior birders, a bird sanctuary and wildlife area.


Bring your golf clubs and play the Ocotillo Park Golf Course, known as one of the best golf courses in southeastern New Mexico. Then check out the Hobbs Community Playhouse, known for their symphonies.

 Senior Historians, Nature Lovers, Take Note…

Whether you’re a history buff, a sports fanatic, a nature lover or a gambler, Hobbs has it all. Western Heritage Museum Complex on the campus of New Mexico Junior College and the Lea County Museum, in neighboring Lovington, are great custodians of southeastern New Mexico history and culture.


“The home of “Hobbspitality,” located on the Campus of New Mexico Junior College, the Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame strive to be the regional leaders in the preservation and exhibition of artifacts and materials documenting the Cowboy and Ranching Heritage of Southeast New Mexico and West Texas.”

Stay in town (28 hotels) and have some great Mexican food at the Taqueria Jalisco and talk with some of the locals. It’s all about hospitality and senior visitors will find out why it is such a great town.  jeb

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