• Ashley Wagner

Tatum, NM

A local told me that the steak fingers at Steak House Cafe are excellent. Although I didn’t get to try, I believe him. Unlike most of the New Mexico destinations I get to visit or pass through, I couldn’t find a lot of information about Tatum. I suspect the town has a rich history, so if you have tidbits, please share! What I did learn is that Tatum is situated in Lea County, the site of the “single most important oil discovery in the state of New Mexico.”

The town was founded in 1909, and three possible names were floated-- Tatum, Martha James, and Bilderback. James A. Tatum submitted the names to government officials because he wanted the Post Office to place a postal station in his store.

Historical Information from here.

Heirloom recipe of Lea County:

Sad Cake

4 eggs well beaten with dash of salt

1 box lite brown sugar

1 tsp.vanilla

1 tsp. Almond Extract

2 cups Bisquick

1 cup coconut

1 cup chopped nuts

Add all ingredients to beaten eggs, baked in greased floured tube pan 325-350 until done

Recipe by: Mrs. Cecil Bowles; Submitted by: Lina Markley


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