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City of Carlsbad, NM
Eddy County Courthouse
Situated along the banks of the Pecos River, Carlsbad was originally christened the Town of Eddy on September 15, 1888 and organized as a municipal corporation in 1893. With the improvement of the mineral springs with their valuable medicinal qualities north of town, the town changed the name to Carlsbad, after the famous European spa, Karlsbad. On March 25, 1918, the Governor proclaimed Carlsbad as a city.

With the discovery of the "Bat Cave" in 1901 and the establishment of the Carlsbad Caverns National Park on May 14, 1930, Carlsbad gained international recognition.

In 1925 potash was discovered near Carlsbad and for many years Carlsbad dominated the U. S. production of potash. With the decline in the potash market in the 1960s, the residents and leaders of Carlsbad lobbied for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). Congress authorized the WIPP project in 1979 and construction of the project began in 1980. The DOE Carlsbad Area Office opened in 1993 and the first waste shipment arrived in 1999.

Carlsbad is located in southeastern New Mexico where US62/180 and US285 intersect. The world famous Carlsbad Caverns National Park is approximately 30 miles south.

Demographics of Carlsbad



Village of Loving, NM
Loving City Hall
The village was first settled by Swiss settlers in 1891. They named their settlement Vaud, a state in Switzerland where most of them originated. On June 1, 1908, the village’s name changed to Loving, honoring Oliver Loving, a Texas cowman and trail driver. The Village of Loving became incorporated in January 1945.

The Village of Loving is located approximately 12 miles southeast of Carlsbad on US-285. Agriculture and mining are the primary industries of Loving.

Otis, NM
Otis Water Tower
Located on US-285, Otis is approximately seven miles from downtown Carlsbad. Otis has been designated a Mutual Domestic Water Association. Agriculture is the primary industry.


Contact Information
Carlsbad Department of Development
400-2 Cascades Ave. Suite 201
• Carlsbad, NM 88220
Ph: (575) 887-6562 • Fax: (575) 885-0818
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