Hidalgo County New Mexico
Tourism, History and Genealogy

Hidalgo County was formed from Grant County in 1919 and Lordsburg is the county seat. One story says it was named in honor of "El Cura Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, Liberator of Mexico." And another story says it was named for "Miguel Dolores Hidalgo, who led the revolution in Mexico in 1810, which eventually led to its independence from Spain." Two of the better known towns in the county are Rodeo and Animas. Rodeo is known for it's wonderful art gallery and Animas for it's schools. It's a large county of 3,445 square miles and a population of 5,932 in 2000. Because of it's location in the southwestern corner of New Mexico, it has beautiful weather with highs in the 90's in summer and lows in the 20's in January. July through October is their rainy season.

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Here's a little info on some of the towns:

Animas is known for it's school that turns out great students each year. A lot of Arizona kids go to school here too. It's population in 1990 was 1299.

Cotton City was originally called Valley View and re-named in the late 1940's. It's a small town with 2 or 3 churches. There is a huge geothermal greenhouse there for rose growing and shipping nationally.

Lordsburg is the county seat, population 3379 in 2000. It's elevation is 4237 feet and has a yearly rainfall of about 11 inches.

Playas is experiencing a renewal as a training center for Homeland Security.

Rodeo is a small town with some of the nicest people. Two stops are a MUST. The Rodeo grocery store for the best cinnamon rolls you've ever had and the Chiricahua Gallery where you can buy fine art in all forms from the many local artists. Sculpture, pottery, jewelry, paintings and wood craft of exceptional quality.

Shakespeare is a ghost town, 2 1/2 miles south of Lordsburg. It's named for the Shakespeare Mining Co that had claims in the area around 1875. Thanks to the Hill family, we still have it. There are guided tours; call ahead for times at 505 542 9034.

Steins (the locals call it "steens") is a ghost town of old railroad buildings and such. Population is 4. It's on I 10 just east of the Arizona state line. Guided tours are given.

Virden is a wonderful farming town in the northern part of the county with a 2000 population of 143.

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