Lordsburg History

Lordsburg dates back to 1880, when the Southern Pacific Railroad came through from the west. The original camp grew with an influx of railroad workers, freighters, miners, cowboys, ranchers, gamblers, and merchants. The town could have taken its name from Dr. Charles H. Lord, a New York native who came west during the Civil War and became one of Tucson's leading businessmen. He and a partner started banking and wholesale businesses and shipped along the railroad.  It could also have taken its name from Delbert Lord, Southern Pacific Railroad's chief engineer during its construction.

Lordsburg continued to be important in freight. Not only the SP Railroad, but the Butterfield Stage Route passed through Mexican Springs (what is now Shakespeare). In 1858, John Butterfield created an overland mail and passenger company with up to 250 coaches, 1000 horses, 500 mules, and about 800 employees. The Butterfield Stage Route avoided the more inclement weather farther north and ran through Steins Pass, Benson, Tucson, Yuma, and to San Francisco and Las Angeles.

Lordsburg made its name as the stop at the junctions of Hwys 70 and 80, major roads in the state. It was located on the "Broadway of America Highway" and in 1964, Lordsburg boasted 21 motels, 20 cafes and 31 service stations— biggest gas-food-and-lodging stop between Arizona and Texas.

Later, I-10, the fourth longest Interstate Highway in the US (and the most southern) was established. It resplaced US 80, established in 1926, renamed I-10 in 1989. It stretched from the Pacific Ocean at Santa Monica, California to the Atlantic Ocean at Jacksonville, Florida. While it seemed like a boon for Lordsburg, travelers were eager to get to other destinations and whizzed right by. As cars got faster, more fuel efficient, and speed limits increased, Lordsburg began to decline.  Motel Drive was listed by the Society of Commercial Archealogists as one of the top ten  Most Endangered Roadside Places in the US.

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Fast Facts

Latitude 32.35 N

Longitude 108.709 W

Elevation 4,249'

Population 2882 (2009)

Zip Code 88045

Lordsburg sits between the Burro Mountains and the Pyramid Mountains.

Amtrack's Texas Eagle passes through Lordsburg en route east and west.

Average weather and rainfall

The Lordsburg Airport

FAA Identifier:  LSB
Lat/Long:  32-20-00.4700N / 108-41-30.2600W
32-20.007833N / 108-41.504333W
32.3334639 / -108.6917389
(estimated)
Elevation:  4289 ft. / 1307.3 m (surveyed)
Variation:  11E (1990)
From city:  1 mile SE of LORDSBURG, NM

Runway 12/30

Dimensions:  5011 x 75 ft. / 1527 x 23 m
Surface:  asphalt, in good condition
Runway edge lights:  medium intensity
Runway edge markings:  RY CNTRLN AND NUMBER FADED.

RUNWAY 12    RUNWAY 30
Latitude:  32-20.233817N
32-19.699867N
Longitude:  108-41.829750W
108-41.087200W
Elevation:  4278.0 ft.
4276.9 ft.
Gradient:  0.1%
0.1%
Traffic pattern:  left
left
Runway heading:  119 magnetic, 130 true
299 magnetic, 310 true
Markings:  basic, in good condition
basic, in good condition
Touchdown point:  yes, no lights
yes, no lights
Obstructions:  15 ft. road, 540 ft. from runway, 200 ft. left of centerline, 22:1 slope to clear
3 ft. brush, 200 ft. from runway
+2 FT BRUSH IN PRIMARY SURFACE, BOTH SIDES OF RY AND IN RY SAFETY AREA.

Runway 1/19

Dimensions:  3250 x 50 ft. / 991 x 15 m
Surface:  dirt, in good condition
RY 01/19 SOFT WHEN WET AND NEEDS PERIODIC ROLLING AND GRADING.
Runway edge markings:  THLD MKD WITH TIRES IN SHAPE OF AN ARROW.

RUNWAY 1    RUNWAY 19
Gradient:  0.2%
0.2%
Traffic pattern:  left
left
Obstructions:  6 ft. hill, 175 ft. from runway, 29:1 slope to clear
35 ft. pline, 350 ft. from runway, 120 ft. right of centerline, 10:1 slope to clear