Focus Carlsbad Spring 2021 | 5 Unbelievable Collections
Diamonds & Arrowheads
Bottomless Lakes Visitor Center’s Pecos diamond and arrowhead collections are little-known treasure troves of information and specimens in Southeastern New Mexico. Before hitting the trails or going for a dip in Lea Lake, be sure to stop at the Visitor’s Center to see arrowheads and (large) Pecos diamonds found onsite.
New Mexico Historical Bottle Society is for bottle diggers and collectors who are interested in New Mexico glass history. The bottle society sports a Facebook page and, along with the Enchantment Insulator Club, hosts an annual show in Albuquerque.
Bugs, Insects, & Creepy-Crawlies
Harrell House Bug Museum in Santa Fe houses Wade Harrell’s personal collection of insect specimens. The museum has live specimens including insects, spiders, scorpions, millipedes, and more, as well as reptiles, amphibians, and fish! Visitors also have opportunities to hold a few members of the creepy-crawly collection.
Radios & Retro Tech
New Mexico Radio Collector’s Club is located primarily in Albuquerque with active members in Las Cruces and Santa Fe. Club members share the joys of preserving radios, TVs, Ham equipment, test gear, tubes, vintage computers, calculators, and older technical equipment. Check out their newsletters and website at: www.newmexicoradiocollectorsclub.com
Anvils & More
Fred Moore’s world-renown collection of anvils is located in Mountainair, New Mexico. Moore, a collector for 60 years, has put New Mexico on the map with his collection of anvils, power hammers, swages, and mandrels. With 1,400 miniature anvils and 800 full-size ones, Fred claims to have the world’s largest collection of anvils and says he’s always looking to buy, sell, or trade.