Carrie Tingley Home for Crippled Children – Truth or Consequences NM


Now: New Mexico Veterans’ Center

“The New Mexico Veterans’ Center (formerly Carrie Tingley Hospital) was partially funded with WPA funds in 1937. The buildings were left vacant in 1981 when the Hospital moved to Albuquerque. In 1983 the Veterans’ Administration and the New Mexico Legislature provided funds for renovation of the buildings and the establishment of the New Mexico Veterans’ Center.”

-Phyllis Eileen Banks

The “Turtle Pond” outdoor sculpture was commissioned from artist Eugenie Shonnard in 1937.

Source notes

Banks, Phyllis Eileen. "WPA Projects in Southern New Mexico - Windows to our Past," Jan. 6, 2003.

"New Deal Sites in New Mexico," Atlas of Historic New Mexico Maps, New Mexico Humanities Council.

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Location Info

992 South Broadway
Truth or Consequences, NM 87901

Location notes:

Coordinates: 33.122903, -107.263902

8 comments on “Carrie Tingley Home for Crippled Children – Truth or Consequences NM

  1. Avatar Noelle Serra

    My mother was at the Tingley Hospital for Crippled Children in the 1930’s. I am doing some research on this. If you can help me with any information it would be greatly appreciated.

  2. Avatar Tony Lucero

    I was a patient at Carrie Tingly Cripple Children Hospital for the first 2 years of my life. I was born with club feet. The doctors performed miracles on my feet. I will always be so grateful for this hospital. I was there 1949-1952. I am very pleased it is serving our veterans.

  3. Avatar Evan Dobelle

    We lived there the Summer of 1957 when my late Dad , Martin was Chief Surgeon of Othopaedics . Loved it but never got a bite let alone a fish in Elephant Butte !!! He loved the opportunity to show us a different part of America .

  4. Avatar Filimon muniz

    I was at the hospital from 1953 off and on for years i got pollio very young and the doctors there helped me alot all i can say is thank you

  5. Avatar Rene Melendez

    My neighbor’s son and mine both had feet problems since birth. The neighbor’s son went to the hospital for corrective surgery and therapy following. He is perfectly healed! My son had turned in feet at birth and after some PT sessions and corrective foot wear was able over time to walk normally. We never got a bill from them! So grateful the hospital has been re purposed. Our veterans deserve a good facility to get health care. That building and the hallways and rooms are special to me.

  6. Avatar Judy Killian

    I was in and out of Carrie Tingley in TorC, between the years of 1954 and 1958 (roughly): my ages 6 to 8 years old. Our family lived south of Hachita – no phones, lotsa dirt roads in between… after a century ( I was a little kid) of being in and out of hospitals – and no reason ever explained to me – my left foot was operated on, for whatever reason I still don’t know.

  7. Avatar Dennis Rogers

    I was a patient on and off from 1942 to my last appointment in1968 before I turned 18. I had polio that effected my right leg and had numerous surgeries so I could be as normal as possible. Today I am 72 years old and I had a good life and was able to most things that other kids did.

  8. Avatar David c. Elmore

    I was a patient at T or C from 54 to 56(appox) with a few visits afterward to adjust leg braces. I am 68 now and have always been thankful to my folks and Dr/nurses who cared for me during those hard times. Thanks to them I have lived a good life on my feet with little notice of what it could have been. My earliest memory is a nurse giving me peppermint candy before seeing the Dr to tighten braces as that was rather painful.

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