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Transportation Transformation

New exhibit shows evolution of vehicles


New long term display at Farm & Ranch Museum, Wheels & Gears,
brings together some interesting contributions
to agricultural history. (Courtesy photo)

They traveled roads, trails and fields in all parts of the state. They moved at different speeds, in different eras, performing a variety of important tasks.

Now, this collection of wagons, buggies, vehicles and implements has been brought together in a new exhibit at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces. A recent redesign of the museum’s Heritage Gallery helped create room to display the array of transportation objects featured in “Wheels & Gears.”

“To see such a variety of items with wheels and gears together, all of which have contributed in some way to New Mexico’s agricultural history, is so interesting and exciting because you relate to how ‘getting around in New Mexico’ has really changed over the years,” said the museum’s chief curator, Toni Laumbach.

The exhibit features:

  • Carreta wheel hub (1840-1850) made of cottonwood that was discovered half-buried along the northern edge of what is now White Sands National Monument

  • 1936 half-ton International Harvester pickup truck

  • 1924 Model T Roadster

  • Gasoline pump that dates to the 1920s

The exhibit is on long-term display. The museum is at 4100 Dripping Springs Road in Las Cruces. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and $3 for children 4 to 17, children 3 and under Friends are free.


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