Clovis, New Mexico

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Clovis is a city located in the eastern region of the present-day U.S. state of New Mexico.  Prior to incursions by those of European descent (in the form of the Mexican and then United States empires), this area had been inhabited for at least 13,500 years by members of the Clovis culture.  The Clovis culture, which is named after the city which would arise here, are perhaps most famous for being “the first human inhabitants who created a widespread culture in the New World.”  They arrived there by way of the Bering Strait.  They were also known for their exceptionally well-crafted spear points and arrow heads.

As for the city of Clovis, New Mexico itself, it was first founded in 1906, when the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway was constructed and run through the area.  At first this settlement came to be known as ‘Riley’s Switch,’ but allegedly the station master’s daughter at the time changed the settlement’s name to Clovis, as she had been reading about Clovis, the first Catholic King of the Franks, at the time.  The city of Clovis, New Mexico was officially incorporated in 1909.

Today, according to a 2016 report by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Clovis, New Mexico has a total population of 39,373 people.  The city of Clovis, New Mexico is the principal city of the Clovis Micropolitan Statistical Area, which itself is considered part of the larger Clovis-Portales Combined Statistical Area.  The Clovis-Portales Combined Statistical Area, according to a 2009 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, has a total population of 63,224.

Historically, the Clovis, New Mexico area has been dominated, at least economically, by the agriculture and ranching industries.  Also, it is not surprising to note the city – even to this day – is considered an important railroad hub.  Today, the BNSF Railway has taken over the local function of overseeing these important trade routes.  The city of Clovis, New Mexico is also home to the Southwest Cheese Company, which “is the largest cheddar cheese producer in North America.”

Additionally, Clovis, New Mexico is home to several sites of note.  Possibly the most well known of these is Cannon Air Force Base, which was built in 1942, and which is now part of Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC).  The 27th Special Operations Wing is also garrisoned here.

Elsewhere in Clovis, New Mexico is Hotel Clovis, a “high-rise” listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.  This art deco/modernistic building served as a hotel from 1931 to 1971.  The State Theater is also listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.  This “Moderne” building opened in 1940.  Clovis, New Mexico also serves as the home of the Norman Petty Recording Studio, which was founded by musician Norman Petty.  During the 1950s and 60s, this recording studio served as the recording space for such artists as Buddy Holly (whose hit ‘Peggy Sue’ was recorded here in 1957), Buddy Knox, Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs, The String-A-Longs, Waylon Jennings, Charlie “Sugartime” Phillips, Bobby Fuller, and Roy Orbison.

Are you, by any random happenstance, the lucky owner of a small business in and/or around the Clovis, New Mexico area?  Have you ever considered such an opportunity?  Well, if so, you need look no further!  Now you, and other potential entrepreneurs like you, can find the resources you are looking for.  Below, we have provided such resources for your enthusiastic perusal:

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