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The City of Moriarty, New Mexico wishes to inform all interested parties that a Public Hearing will be held at the
Moriarty Civic Center, 202 Broadway St., on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 @ 6:30 p.m.


For more information click below:

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Annual Moriarty Chamber Golf Classic at Paako Ridge Golf Course 


Friday, October 11, 2013 


For more information

Please Contact Debbie at 832-4087 or DeeAnn at 832-9661 

2013 Pinto Bean Fiesta

Saturday, October 12, 2013

10 AM — 5 PM  at  Moriarty City Park, Moriarty NM


We are now accepting applications for:


  • Vendor Space — Registration Fee
    • $30 before 9/12
    • $35 after 9/12
  • Car Show — $25 Entry Fee
  • Chili and Bean Cook-Off—Free Entry
  • Horseshoe Tournament — $25 Per Team
  • Parade — Free Entry
Click HERE for registration forms.  


For more info please contact 

Chantal Orio or Jeanette Lopez


Moriarty City Hall 832-4406


by email at   or




Calling all Artists! 


The City of Moriarty, along with Sen. Sue Wilson Beffort, RETRO Committee, and New Mexico Main Street would like you to participate in our latest effort to rennovate our local stretch of Route 66.

If you are interesting in participating as an artist or would like to donate a portion of your building, please contact Chantal Orio at City Hall (505).832.4406 or by email at   






Be advised that the Governing Body of the City of Moriarty has rescheduled a Public Hearing on August
26th , 2013, at the re-scheduled City Council Meeting, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 4 of the Moriarty Civic
Center, located at 202 Broadway St. (S). The public hearing is in reference:
Infrastructure Capital Improvements Projects

During the public hearing, citizens will be given the opportunity to comment on the above. The City Council
will also accept written comments if received before the hearing. Written comments may be sent to:
City of Moriarty
P.O. Box 130
Moriarty, NM 87035

If you have any questions, you may contact Sheila Murphy, City Clerk at 505-832-4406 or e-mail

/s/Ted A. Hart


August 26, 2013



The regularly scheduled, August 14, 2013 meeting of the Moriarty City Council has been RESCHEDULED for from 7:30 p.m., to begin at 8:00 p.m.  If you have any questions, please call Sheila Murphy, City Clerk at 832-4406.

The regularly scheduled, August 28, 2013 meeting of the Moriarty City Council has been RESCHEDULED for from August 28th to MONDAY, August 26th at 7:30 PM.  If you have any questions, please call Sheila Murphy, City Clerk at 832-4406.


Be Advised, the Governing Body of the City of Moriarty will hold a public hearing July 30, 2012, at 7:30
p.m., a special City Council meeting, in room 202 at the Moriarty Civic Center. The purpose of the hearing
is to hear an appeal of:


The City Council will accept written comments if received before the hearings. A copy of the appeals may
be obtained by calling the City Clerk’s office at 832-4406 during normal working hours.



Fire and Firework Restrictions in place this year.  Please click here for more information or call 505-832-4301.

Attention Xpress Bill Pay Users:


As of April 1, 2013 City of Moriarty paper water bills will no longer be mailed out to Xpress Bill Pay users.  We are discontinuing this service and encouraging the community to join in our efforts to “go green.”  Instead of a paper bill being sent to your post office box, an electronic bill will be sent to the email address that is linked to your Xpress Bill Pay account.  If you would still like to receive a paper bill, please notify our office by phone at (505)-832-4406 or email to our Utility Billing Clerk, Patty Peacock at    




Sheila Murphy

City Clerk    


For more information about our online bill service (Xpress Bill Pay) click here.  

New services available to Torrance County residents. New office in Moriarty!

Our History

The City of Moriarty was named for the first permanent family to settle in the community. Michael Timothy Moriarty, his wife and their three children arrived (at what is now Moriarty) in the fall of 1887, and homesteaded their land. Mr. Moriarty had moved his family from their farm home in Iowa to avoid the cold winters, which had aggravated his rheumatism. The first Moriarty family home was located about a mile and a quarter west of present day Moriarty. There were no railroads, no towns, and very few settlers in the Estancia Valley. The area was suited for cattle grazing, and Michael Moriarty became one of the many ranchers in central New Mexico.

A post office was established in Moriarty in 1903, with Michael Moriarty as the first postmaster. Before the railroad was built, the mail was brought to Moriarty by a horseback rider from Chilili. The Santa Fe Central Railroad built a line in this area in 1903; and in 1908, the line became the New Mexico Central Railroad. The railroad was built between the communities of Kennedy (southeast of Santa Fe) and Torrance, in southeastern Torrance County: passing though Stanley, Moriarty, Estancia, Willard, Progresso, and Cedarvale. This new passenger and freight line was opened to provide connections between Santa Fe and El Paso, and Santa Fe and Chicago via connecting lines at Torrance. Following the arrival of the railroad, a rush of homesteaders from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Iowa cut the land into farms and fields. The railroad company built a depot, opened a telegraph office, and established a town which it called Moriarty. The Moriarty Depot soon became the center attraction in the community. Mr. Moriarty built the first store, which he rented to Dunlavy Mercantile Company. Another early business was the Levi Hughes store, which years later became the Moriarty Trading Company. The new town also had a grocery store, two hotels, a livery stable, and later a drugstore. The town also had a doctor in the early 1900's. The commercial buildings of the original town of Moriarty were located on present day Center Avenue. Many of the original buildings were destroyed by fire in the mid-1920's.

In 1906, Mr. Moriarty and Pete Vigil were chosen to obtain material, money and labor to build a school house. The railroad company donated land on which to construct the building. When the school was built in 1907, it also served as the center for church activities. That first school was located in the vicinity of the present day intersection of Girard Avenue and Eighth Street. Also in 1907, the Moriarty Messenger began publishing a weekly newspaper, and the Moriarty Commercial Club was organized to attract business to the town and settlers to farms. As a result of the drought of the early 1930's, farmers were forced to leave Moriarty and the Estancia Valley. However, a new community named Buford, for Buford Crossley, was built around the intersection of U.S. Highway (Route) 66 and State Highway 41, approximately one mile north of the original town site of Moriarty. Both areas were combined into the City of Moriarty in 1953 when the City was incorporated. Eventually, tourist traffic and the development of irrigated farms led to the rejuvenated growth of this community.

Route 66 was formed in 1926 by the Federal Highway Act. Originally, Route 66 was located just west of Santa Rosa with a route turning north toward Santa Fe. However, in 1937, Route 66 was re-routed to NM Highway 6 in the Rio Grande valley and passed through Moriarty. In the 1960's, Route 66 was superceded by Interstate 40. Two I-40 interchanges were completed for Moriarty in the 1970's, resulting in greater accessibility and the potential for increased growth.

In 1975, the railroad tracks which had been inactive for many years were removed and the right-of-way was sold. While the railroad origins of the City were diminished, the traditional gridded street pattern remained as evidence of the railroad days of the past. Moriarty continues to prosper as a service community for travelers; however, it now serves visitors as a highway community rather than a railroad community.

Click here to download a PDF of the 1985 article when Moriarty's Oldest Business burns.

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