Lake Arthur, New Mexico

11 May

The rural town of Lake Arthur does not sit on the edge of a vast body of water on the Permian Basin. Named after a rancher, Arthur Russell, Lake Arthur is probably best known for its 1977 episode of Jesus On A Tortilla.

“In October of 1977, Maria Rubio was rolling up a burrito for her husband Eduardo’s breakfast, when she noticed a thumb-sized configuration of skillet burns on the tortilla that resembled the face of Jesus. Needless to say, Eduardo went hungry that meal as Maria told family and neighbors of the miraculous event. It happened in the small town of Lake Arthur, New Mexico, 40 minutes south of Roswell. “( Roadside America )

So as you drive along Route 2 in Chavez county be sure to plan a stop in Lake Arthur to see the Shrine of Miracle Tortilla. It’s there and you will need to pay attention for there are no mighty bill boards along the highway pointing you to this grand discovery.


Posted by on May 11, 2010 in New Mexico, Photography, small towns


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8 responses to “Lake Arthur, New Mexico

  1. Stacie

    May 11, 2010 at 11:31 am

    I am enjoying your entries of these little towns. Although it may take more than a tortilla to make me stop, 😛

  2. slamdunk

    May 11, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    That is some police station, and thanks for the chuckle with the burrito story.

  3. Pastor Larry

    May 12, 2010 at 6:49 am

    I love that story

  4. Bobby

    May 12, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Oh my lord that is so interesting. I miss so much of small town America. Thank you for sharing.


  5. wildstorm

    May 12, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Hi Stacie, other than this police station and the Tortilla, there’s not much more in Lake Arthur to photograph unless you are an Ag photographer. Plenty of farming!

  6. wildstorm

    May 12, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Bobby, I am so happy to have a visit from you! Thanks for stopping by and I will be sure to give you a bit of small town America every time you come by.

  7. wildstorm

    May 12, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Slamdunk, when all else fails and I just cannot get a shot of something in town, I photograph either the church or the police station.

  8. wildstorm

    May 12, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Pastor Larry, it is an interesting story isn’t it.


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