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Roswell Welcome Booklet

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W E LCO M E GUI D E Photos featured on the front cover clockwise Roswell neighborhood Nancy Lopez Golf Course at Spring River Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge Photo on back Bottomless Lakes State Park FOR VISITORS OF ALL KINDS AND NEW RESIDENTS

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF ROSWELL NEW MEXICO SPOILER ALERT IT STARTS WAY BEFORE LITTLE GREEN MEN Roswell might be the world s most famous small city With a thriving population of nearly 50 000 residents we re known as much for our hospitality and business friendly environment as we are for certain visitors Our business roots run deep as Roswell was founded by Van C Smith and Aaron Wilburn businessmen from Omaha Nebraska Mr Smith named the town after his father Roswell Smith a prominent Indiana lawyer Captain Joseph Calloway Lea and his family bought out Smith and Wilburn s claim in 1877 becoming owners of most of the land in Roswell and the area surrounding it A major aquifer was discovered in 1890 resulting in the area s first major growth and development spurt Long a hidden oasis in the New Mexico desert Roswell rose to international fame in 1947 when many believe a UFO crashed here If the stories are to be believed the military captured some little green men and covered everything up Today we welcome thousands of visitors of a more terrestrial origin searching for the truth and little fun along the way In 1967 the government decommissioned Walker Air Force Base and the city had to reinvent itself Luckily Roswell was transformed by an oil and gas boom In 2012 Roswell made history again when Fearless Felix Baumgartner departed from the Roswell airport in a balloon up into the stratosphere jumping from a world record 39 045 meters 128 100 ft and returning safely back to Earth Baumgartner also set the record as the first human to break the sound barrier outside of a vehicle on this jump Like the tourists we receive from all over the world businesses find a warm welcome in Roswell Our diverse mix of industries includes oil and gas tourism higher education manufacturing aviation and a growing art community Contact us 425 N Richardson Roswell NM 88201 575 624 6700 Tourism info seeroswell com Relocation info roswell nm gov Facebook Instagram Roswell Main Street at dusk seeroswellnm Twitter seeroswellnm Snapchat seeroswellnm cityofroswellnm

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF ROSWELL NEW MEXICO SPOILER ALERT IT STARTS WAY BEFORE LITTLE GREEN MEN Roswell might be the world s most famous small city With a thriving population of nearly 50 000 residents we re known as much for our hospitality and business friendly environment as we are for certain visitors Our business roots run deep as Roswell was founded by Van C Smith and Aaron Wilburn businessmen from Omaha Nebraska Mr Smith named the town after his father Roswell Smith a prominent Indiana lawyer Captain Joseph Calloway Lea and his family bought out Smith and Wilburn s claim in 1877 becoming owners of most of the land in Roswell and the area surrounding it A major aquifer was discovered in 1890 resulting in the area s first major growth and development spurt Long a hidden oasis in the New Mexico desert Roswell rose to international fame in 1947 when many believe a UFO crashed here If the stories are to be believed the military captured some little green men and covered everything up Today we welcome thousands of visitors of a more terrestrial origin searching for the truth and little fun along the way In 1967 the government decommissioned Walker Air Force Base and the city had to reinvent itself Luckily Roswell was transformed by an oil and gas boom In 2012 Roswell made history again when Fearless Felix Baumgartner departed from the Roswell airport in a balloon up into the stratosphere jumping from a world record 39 045 meters 128 100 ft and returning safely back to Earth Baumgartner also set the record as the first human to break the sound barrier outside of a vehicle on this jump Like the tourists we receive from all over the world businesses find a warm welcome in Roswell Our diverse mix of industries includes oil and gas tourism higher education manufacturing aviation and a growing art community Contact us 425 N Richardson Roswell NM 88201 575 624 6700 Tourism info seeroswell com Relocation info roswell nm gov Facebook Instagram Roswell Main Street at dusk seeroswellnm Twitter seeroswellnm Snapchat seeroswellnm cityofroswellnm

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Cielo Grande Recreation Area Roswell neighborhood IS ROSWELL FOR YOU DEPENDS DO YOU LIKE AWESOME ONE CITY MANY SMART EDUCATIONAL OPTIONS Everyone feels welcome in Roswell Because Roswell has something Education is a pillar of our community Roswell Independent to offer for everyone from singles and young professionals to School District the city s public school system is focused on families of all sizes helping students find their inner greatness In addition three As you might expect Roswell s natural beauty provides the backdrop for many recreational activities We re home to 32 parks and outdoor recreation facilities and miles of walking trails Bottomless Lakes State Park is a mecca for year round camping fishing swimming and outdoor fun We re also home and secondary school options Eastern New Mexico UniversityRoswell and New Mexico Military Institute NMMI provide higher education options close to home In addition to offering two year college associate degrees NMMI is keeping residents connected to creative expression through a also a private co ed preparatory high school Known as the West community of local artists who work in all mediums Point of the West NMMI attracts students from more than 36 homes to country living with land and open space and even Population 48 186 Roswell Independent School District K 12 Median Age 32 Median Household Income 43 481 Average Commute Time 18 4 minutes chains boutiques and specialty shops The low cost of living low property tax rates and terrific weather make Roswell a great place to call home Eastern New Mexico University individual development and provides challenging academics PUBLIC SCHOOLS caf s and diners Shoppers can hunt for goods at big name Roswell High School states and 33 nations The school specializes in leadership training multi million dollar estates Roswell s dining scene ranges from chain restaurants to local Roswell neighborhood School and Immanuel Lutheran School provide excellent primary to an amazing arts and cultural scene Roswell is an art epicenter Housing options range from affordable apartments and Shopping local on Main Street private schools Gateway Christian School All Saints Catholic PRIVATE SCHOOLS All Saints Catholic School Gateway Christian School Immanuel Lutheran School New Mexico Military Institute ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION OPTIONS New Mexico Military Institute high school junior college And if you re looking for an out of town getaway the Roswell Job Corps Center Roswell Air Center keeps you connected with the world beyond Sidney Gutierrez Middle School with daily flights Roswell is also in close proximity to other New Mexico destinations UNIVERSITIES Eastern New Mexico University Roswell New Mexico Military Institute junior college Biking at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge New Mexico Military Institute

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Cielo Grande Recreation Area Roswell neighborhood IS ROSWELL FOR YOU DEPENDS DO YOU LIKE AWESOME ONE CITY MANY SMART EDUCATIONAL OPTIONS Everyone feels welcome in Roswell Because Roswell has something Education is a pillar of our community Roswell Independent to offer for everyone from singles and young professionals to School District the city s public school system is focused on families of all sizes helping students find their inner greatness In addition three As you might expect Roswell s natural beauty provides the backdrop for many recreational activities We re home to 32 parks and outdoor recreation facilities and miles of walking trails Bottomless Lakes State Park is a mecca for year round camping fishing swimming and outdoor fun We re also home and secondary school options Eastern New Mexico UniversityRoswell and New Mexico Military Institute NMMI provide higher education options close to home In addition to offering two year college associate degrees NMMI is keeping residents connected to creative expression through a also a private co ed preparatory high school Known as the West community of local artists who work in all mediums Point of the West NMMI attracts students from more than 36 homes to country living with land and open space and even Population 48 186 Roswell Independent School District K 12 Median Age 32 Median Household Income 43 481 Average Commute Time 18 4 minutes chains boutiques and specialty shops The low cost of living low property tax rates and terrific weather make Roswell a great place to call home Eastern New Mexico University individual development and provides challenging academics PUBLIC SCHOOLS caf s and diners Shoppers can hunt for goods at big name Roswell High School states and 33 nations The school specializes in leadership training multi million dollar estates Roswell s dining scene ranges from chain restaurants to local Roswell neighborhood School and Immanuel Lutheran School provide excellent primary to an amazing arts and cultural scene Roswell is an art epicenter Housing options range from affordable apartments and Shopping local on Main Street private schools Gateway Christian School All Saints Catholic PRIVATE SCHOOLS All Saints Catholic School Gateway Christian School Immanuel Lutheran School New Mexico Military Institute ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION OPTIONS New Mexico Military Institute high school junior college And if you re looking for an out of town getaway the Roswell Job Corps Center Roswell Air Center keeps you connected with the world beyond Sidney Gutierrez Middle School with daily flights Roswell is also in close proximity to other New Mexico destinations UNIVERSITIES Eastern New Mexico University Roswell New Mexico Military Institute junior college Biking at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge New Mexico Military Institute

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Eastern New Mexico Medical Center BIG CITY HEALTHCARE IN SMALL TOWN ROSWELL GET INVOLVED WITH YOUR ROSWELL COMMUNITY With two state of the art healthcare facilities Roswell is a If there s a cause you believe in there s likely an organization in healthy place to call home Our community is served by Eastern Roswell of like minded people We have everything from advocacy New Mexico Medical Center and Lovelace Regional Hospital groups 4H charity groups such as the Humane Society and Habitat for Humanity to Rotary clubs optimist clubs and many Eastern New Mexico Medical Center is a 162 bed facility and Dairy operations other organizations Pecan farm includes a cancer treatment center cardiology emergency family care imaging rehabilitation and surgical care It also Our community groups are always looking for more assistance includes behavioral health and outpatient clinics Getting involved is a great way to connect with new friends and neighbors Find out more at seeroswell com organizations Lovelace Regional Hospital is an acute care general hospital with 26 beds emergency room service labor and delivery service and operating rooms for outpatient and inpatient surgery BUSINESSES BIG AND SMALL CALL ROSWELL HOME Birdwatching at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge PUT MORE QUALITY IN YOUR QUALITY OF LIFE Our economy is diverse While we do have major employers we do not rely on a single company or industry for our regional Rain or shine there s always something fun and interesting to do in Roswell With our mild winters and comfortable year round weather residents take full advantage of everything nature has to offer Bottomless Lakes State Park is perfect for fishing camping and hiking Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge provides room to breathe bike and bird watch In town we boast more than 30 parks and recreation facilities excellent golf courses miles of walking running biking trails disc golf and numerous playgrounds Nancy Lopez Golf Course at Spring River success With our business friendly leadership Roswell is an ideal place to start or grow a business Our economy is led by healthcare and agriculture with significant contributions from energy oil and gas tourism banking and aviation We are the 12th largest dairy producing county in the United States and are home to the largest mozzarella plant in the industries in the Southwest We have year round activities community events and youth Roswell Air Center formerly Walker Air Force Base has a sports leagues 13 000 foot runway with a 10 000 foot crosswind runway For art and culture fans choices include museums and galleries Dairy transportation world We also have one of the largest commercial aviation We can handle whatever cargo you care to receive or deliver that feature art aviation history the military and UFO research The air center is home to many aviation based employers ranging naturally Roswell is also home to a planetarium a little theatre from aftermarket engine makers couriers dismantlers aircraft a symphony orchestra and movie theatres painters parts supply chain companies and defense contractors And you ll stay connected to anywhere you want to go with daily flights to nearby regional hub cities For more information on the air center visit flyroswell com For an up to date list of city businesses visit roswell nm gov Flight Lounge at Roswell Air Center Roswell Air Center

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Eastern New Mexico Medical Center BIG CITY HEALTHCARE IN SMALL TOWN ROSWELL GET INVOLVED WITH YOUR ROSWELL COMMUNITY With two state of the art healthcare facilities Roswell is a If there s a cause you believe in there s likely an organization in healthy place to call home Our community is served by Eastern Roswell of like minded people We have everything from advocacy New Mexico Medical Center and Lovelace Regional Hospital groups 4H charity groups such as the Humane Society and Habitat for Humanity to Rotary clubs optimist clubs and many Eastern New Mexico Medical Center is a 162 bed facility and Dairy operations other organizations Pecan farm includes a cancer treatment center cardiology emergency family care imaging rehabilitation and surgical care It also Our community groups are always looking for more assistance includes behavioral health and outpatient clinics Getting involved is a great way to connect with new friends and neighbors Find out more at seeroswell com organizations Lovelace Regional Hospital is an acute care general hospital with 26 beds emergency room service labor and delivery service and operating rooms for outpatient and inpatient surgery BUSINESSES BIG AND SMALL CALL ROSWELL HOME Birdwatching at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge PUT MORE QUALITY IN YOUR QUALITY OF LIFE Our economy is diverse While we do have major employers we do not rely on a single company or industry for our regional Rain or shine there s always something fun and interesting to do in Roswell With our mild winters and comfortable year round weather residents take full advantage of everything nature has to offer Bottomless Lakes State Park is perfect for fishing camping and hiking Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge provides room to breathe bike and bird watch In town we boast more than 30 parks and recreation facilities excellent golf courses miles of walking running biking trails disc golf and numerous playgrounds Nancy Lopez Golf Course at Spring River success With our business friendly leadership Roswell is an ideal place to start or grow a business Our economy is led by healthcare and agriculture with significant contributions from energy oil and gas tourism banking and aviation We are the 12th largest dairy producing county in the United States and are home to the largest mozzarella plant in the industries in the Southwest We have year round activities community events and youth Roswell Air Center formerly Walker Air Force Base has a sports leagues 13 000 foot runway with a 10 000 foot crosswind runway For art and culture fans choices include museums and galleries Dairy transportation world We also have one of the largest commercial aviation We can handle whatever cargo you care to receive or deliver that feature art aviation history the military and UFO research The air center is home to many aviation based employers ranging naturally Roswell is also home to a planetarium a little theatre from aftermarket engine makers couriers dismantlers aircraft a symphony orchestra and movie theatres painters parts supply chain companies and defense contractors And you ll stay connected to anywhere you want to go with daily flights to nearby regional hub cities For more information on the air center visit flyroswell com For an up to date list of city businesses visit roswell nm gov Flight Lounge at Roswell Air Center Roswell Air Center

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Flight Lounge Local food trucks VISITORS WELCOME FROM NEAR AND FAR FAITH HAS A HOME IN ROSWELL Your stay in Roswell starts with finding a place to stay We have a Roswell is made up of people of many faiths and backgrounds range of accommodations from RV parks to hotels and motels We have a diverse range of places of worship representing many But you won t last long without something good to eat Our food religions and denominations Roswell Recreation Aquatic Center is unmatched with amazing choices all over the city No matter which restaurant door you walk through you ll walk out full and content Local favorites and national chains are just a short walk or drive from wherever you stay Find a listing of all accommodations and dining options at seeroswell com HIT THE GROUND RUNNING WHEN YOU MOVE TO ROSWELL Here you ll find worship centers for Christian Jewish Mormon and Jehovah s Witness faiths See a full listing of houses of worship at roswell nm gov residents ACTIVE KIDS ARE HAPPY KIDS Roswell has a variety of activities and programs designed to Here s a quick list of utility providers for new residents Many are private businesses Their inclusion here is not an endorsement Other providers may be available GAS SERVICES New Mexico Gas Company 888 664 2726 capture your kids imaginations Roswell Public Library With books for every child from babies to teens and various children s programs the library is a great Spring River Zoo educational experience for children of all ages Roswell Recreation Aquatic Center This is a new addition to Roswell s recreation venues The facility is here to provide safe and affordable activities in order to enhance the quality of life ELECTRICITY Central Valley Electric Cooperative Inc Spring River Zoo The zoo boasts native plants and animals 575 746 3571 you can learn about and several unique attractions such as a Xcel Energy train and historic carousel 800 895 4999 Home2 Suites by Hilton in Roswell WATER Spring River Park Roswell Museum Art Center You ll find a variety of hands on and viewing activities for kids and adults from ceramics to abstract art and more City of Roswell 575 624 6711 option 4 TRASH SERVICE City of Roswell 575 624 6746 Noon Optimist Little League

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Flight Lounge Local food trucks VISITORS WELCOME FROM NEAR AND FAR FAITH HAS A HOME IN ROSWELL Your stay in Roswell starts with finding a place to stay We have a Roswell is made up of people of many faiths and backgrounds range of accommodations from RV parks to hotels and motels We have a diverse range of places of worship representing many But you won t last long without something good to eat Our food religions and denominations Roswell Recreation Aquatic Center is unmatched with amazing choices all over the city No matter which restaurant door you walk through you ll walk out full and content Local favorites and national chains are just a short walk or drive from wherever you stay Find a listing of all accommodations and dining options at seeroswell com HIT THE GROUND RUNNING WHEN YOU MOVE TO ROSWELL Here you ll find worship centers for Christian Jewish Mormon and Jehovah s Witness faiths See a full listing of houses of worship at roswell nm gov residents ACTIVE KIDS ARE HAPPY KIDS Roswell has a variety of activities and programs designed to Here s a quick list of utility providers for new residents Many are private businesses Their inclusion here is not an endorsement Other providers may be available GAS SERVICES New Mexico Gas Company 888 664 2726 capture your kids imaginations Roswell Public Library With books for every child from babies to teens and various children s programs the library is a great Spring River Zoo educational experience for children of all ages Roswell Recreation Aquatic Center This is a new addition to Roswell s recreation venues The facility is here to provide safe and affordable activities in order to enhance the quality of life ELECTRICITY Central Valley Electric Cooperative Inc Spring River Zoo The zoo boasts native plants and animals 575 746 3571 you can learn about and several unique attractions such as a Xcel Energy train and historic carousel 800 895 4999 Home2 Suites by Hilton in Roswell WATER Spring River Park Roswell Museum Art Center You ll find a variety of hands on and viewing activities for kids and adults from ceramics to abstract art and more City of Roswell 575 624 6711 option 4 TRASH SERVICE City of Roswell 575 624 6746 Noon Optimist Little League

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Roswell has a long legacy of family operated pecan farms AGE IS ONLY A NUMBER The Roswell Adult Center has a number of activities to keep Basketball at Roswell Recreation Aquatic Center seniors active The center includes a playground and park area a walking trail horseshoe pits and shuffleboard courts It also hosts numerous special events throughout the year Chaves County JOY Center Inc promotes independence and improves the quality of life for the elders of our communities JOY Centers provide congregate meals home delivered meals transportation housekeeping services health promotion activities adult day care services and other services as needed WE BELIEVE IN ROSWELL We welcome what you add to our community As you can see Year round swimming at Roswell Recreation Aquatic Center it s a place that has character a rich history economic resilience and the quirkiness that comes with the reputation of being the purported site of an alien spacecraft crash Roswell Chaves County is the most livable location in Southeast New Mexico with the quality of life assets of a larger metropolitan area and the friendliness of a smaller town We believe in Roswell We think you will too Gym at Roswell Recreation Aquatic Center For more information on Roswell please visit roswell nm gov 31 Residents Cielo Grande Recreation Area

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Roswell has a long legacy of family operated pecan farms AGE IS ONLY A NUMBER The Roswell Adult Center has a number of activities to keep Basketball at Roswell Recreation Aquatic Center seniors active The center includes a playground and park area a walking trail horseshoe pits and shuffleboard courts It also hosts numerous special events throughout the year Chaves County JOY Center Inc promotes independence and improves the quality of life for the elders of our communities JOY Centers provide congregate meals home delivered meals transportation housekeeping services health promotion activities adult day care services and other services as needed WE BELIEVE IN ROSWELL We welcome what you add to our community As you can see Year round swimming at Roswell Recreation Aquatic Center it s a place that has character a rich history economic resilience and the quirkiness that comes with the reputation of being the purported site of an alien spacecraft crash Roswell Chaves County is the most livable location in Southeast New Mexico with the quality of life assets of a larger metropolitan area and the friendliness of a smaller town We believe in Roswell We think you will too Gym at Roswell Recreation Aquatic Center For more information on Roswell please visit roswell nm gov 31 Residents Cielo Grande Recreation Area

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W E LCO M E GUI D E Photos featured on the front cover clockwise Roswell neighborhood Nancy Lopez Golf Course at Spring River Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge Photo on back Bottomless Lakes State Park FOR VISITORS OF ALL KINDS AND NEW RESIDENTS