Renowned sculptor Robert Summers completed the 200% life
size Sallie Chisum bronze sculptor located on MainStreet.
Sallie’s look is displayed as strong, independent, and
self-assured, but also shows her softer side. Sally was known
to be a fabulous storyteller and particularly attractive
to the town’s children, who would visit her often to
hear her tales. In the sculpture Sallie stands with two young
children, telling them a story about Billy the Kid as she
holds a book printed in 1882 written by Pat Garret called “An
authentic Life of Billy the Kid.” That particular book
was chosen when the Sallie Chisum sub-committee learned that
The Kid had visited Sallie often on the Jinglebob.
Sallie Chisum the niece to the famous cattle baron John S.
Chisum, is a character in Artesia’s History worth honoring:
a pioneer, a developer, a woman often overshadowed by the
now legendary figures who claim the Wild West in history
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