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WSMR History will be topic of Brown Bag Lecture at Railroad Museum 2018

Jim Eckles, a Las Cruces historian, will present“A History of White Sands Missile Range” at noon Feb. 13 during a free Brown Bag Lecture at the Las Cruces Railroad Museum, 351 N. Mesilla St.

White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), is about 23 miles east of Las Cruces. It is the Department of Defense’s largest open-air range, providing military research, development, experimentation and training facilities to all branches of the United States Armed Forces, its allies, and partners. The range covers almost 3,200 square miles in southern New Mexico.

Eckles worked in the WSMR Public Affairs Office from 1977 until he retired in 2007. He has published two books about the history of the range, and is a member of the WSMR Hall of Fame.

Eckles currently serves on the boards of directors of the White Sands Missile Range Historical Foundation and the Doña Ana County Historical Society.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Saturday.