Welcome To The Anthony Area
Chamber of Commerce
Why The Anthony Area Chamber of Commerce? Because our Chamber of Commerce is not just for Anthony, New Mexico and Anthony, Texas, but for all the communities between El Paso and Las Cruces that do not have their own Chamber of Commerce. We currently support both Anthonys, the Village of Vinton, Chaparral, Canutillo, Vado, Berino, and others.
Situated half way between the cities of El Paso, TX and Las Cruces, NM, Anthony is a community that straddles the state lines of New Mexico and Texas. It is affectionately referred to as “the best little city in two states”. Because of it’s location in the Rio Grande Mesilla Valley, there has been a long association with agriculture. The area produces crops such as cotton, alfalfa, pecans, onions, lettuce, chile and wine grapes. The area also hosts numerous dairies.
In 1881, the Santa Fe Railroad located a train depot on the Texas side of the state line and called it La Tuna, due to the large number of prickly pear cactus that grew in the area. In Spanish the prickly pear is called “la tuna”. In 1952, Anthony, Texas was incorporated. A federal prison located nearby still carries the name, La Tuna.
The New Mexico side was at one time called Halfway House. There is some controversy as to how the current name came about; some say it was from a local woman who established a chapel in her home dedicated to San Antonio, others say the name was given by a priest who established a church there. Whatever the source, in 1884 the Anthony, New Mexico post office was established. The New Mexico side was governed by the county of Dona Ana until January 2010, when the Anthony, New Mexico residents voted to incorportate. The City of Anthony became official in July 2010.
According to the 2010 census, Anthony, Texas was estimated to have a population of 5,011 and Anthony, New Mexico had a population of 9,360. Surrounded by numerous small communities, the area population is estimated to be over 25,000.