Town History

"People without knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture are like a tree without roots."

- Marcus Garvey

  • 1811

  • When the Santé Fe Railroad built its line in 1881, the station was placed on the Texas side and named La Tuna, which is Spanish for "prickly pear cactus". A Spanish-speaking woman named Sabrina, who had a chapel on the New Mexico side which was dedicated to Saint Anthony of Padua, insisted on the name Anthony rather than La Tuna for the new town.

    Source: Tarpley, Fred (5 July 2010). 1001 Texas Place Names. University of Texas Press. p. 11. ISBN 978-0-292-78693-6.

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  • 1932

  • May 1st

    La Tuna Correctional Facility opened.

    July 5

    The first post office opened. It closed in 1965.

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  • 1940

  • The estimated population was 20 people.


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  • 1952

  • The Town of Anthony was incorporated.

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    Anthony Gap New Mexico Texas, is a drawing by Jack Pumphrey

  • 1976

  • Ernie Rascon, a local police officer, was killed in the line of duty.

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  • 1988

  • Leap Year Capital of the World. Started by Mary Brown to honor leap year babies in Anthony, including her neighbor and friend Bettie Luis.

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