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Artesia

[ahr-tee-zhuh] /ɑrˈti ʒə/
noun
1.
a city in S California.
2.
a city in SE New Mexico.
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Encyclopedia Article for Artesia

city, Eddy county, southeastern New Mexico, U.S., near the Pecos River. It originated in 1890 as a stop (called Miller) on the old stagecoach route between Roswell and Carlsbad. As a livestock-shipping point on the Pecos Valley Southern Railway (completed 1894), it was known as Stegman. John Richey, a local developer, suggested its present name in 1905 following the discovery of an underground artesian water basin

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