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Chaves County, New Mexico

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Please add profiles of those who were born, lived or died in Chaves County, New Mexico.


Chaves County was named for Colonel Jose Francisco Chaves, a military leader here during the U.S. Civil War and later in Navajo campaigns. Created by Territorial Legislature, February 25, 1889, out of land from the county of Lincoln.

Adjacent Counties

Cities, Towns & Communities

  • Dexter
  • Dunken
  • Elk
  • Elkins
  • Greenfield
  • Hagerman
  • Lake Arthur
  • Mesa
  • Midway
  • Roswell (County Seat)



Bitter Lake Nat'l Wildlife Refuge

Lincoln National Forest (part)

Chaves County Courthouse

New Mexico Military Institute

The H.P. Saunders House

The James Phelps White House