Deming, the county seat of Luna County, was founded in 1881 and incorporated in 1902. It was named after Mary Ann Deming Crocker, wife of Charles Crocker, one of the big four of the railroad industry at the time. The famous silver spike was placed in Deming denoting the completion of the second transcontinental railroad.
Luna County is part of the land area obtained from Mexico by the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1846 and the Gadsden Purchase of 1883. It was part of Grant County from 1868 to 1901, when Luna County was formed.
Today Deming is the only major stop on Interstate 10 between Lordsburg and Las Cruces. A thriving business and agricultural community, Deming is home to a Border Patrol training center, and several movies – Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Gas Food Lodging – were filmed in the area. Border Foods’ world’s largest chile processing plant is at home here.
A hub for tourism, Deming is a starting point for self-guided tours of southern New Mexico including the Florida Mountains and Rockhound State Park. Vacationers enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including rock hounding, camping and hiking. The three-day Rockhound Roundup in March brings afficianados from around the world. Deming is home to one of the finest museums in the region, the Mimbres Museum and Custom House, offering a glimpse of early Western history and culture.
Luna County has some of the best solar values resulting in the first wind project in the southwestern part of the state to start in February 2011. There are three potential solar projects coming to the county in addition to news of a solar field being developed. Luna County is moving forward and being supportive of green energy to our area.
With an excellent climate, pure water and friendly people, the area is attracting retirees, snowbirds and young families looking for a small city and a southwestern lifestyle.