Luis Lopez, New Mexico

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Luis Lopez is an unincorporated community in Socorro County, New Mexico, United States. It lies between Socorro and San Antonio along the Rio Grande.

History[edit]

In 1667, Captain Luis Lopez was alcalde mayor (mayor) of the Piro Pueblo of Senecú. It appears that he had an hacienda on the east bank of the Rio Grande. During the 18th century the estancia was mentioned in the journals of a few travellers though it had been abandoned after the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. The village of Luis Lopez appears to have been founded in the mid to late 1830s. At that time it was located on the west bank of the Rio Grande just east of its present day site.[1]

Luis Lopez has been listed in United States census every decade at least as recently as 1980 since 1850, except for 1870. Since the village was not counted in that year, it is thought that it may have been abandoned for a short time and then relocated to its present position above the flood plain.[2] However, most of Luis Lopez remains in the flood plain, protected from the Rio Grande by levees. In May 1941, severe flooding required the evacuation of families in the floodplain.[3]

In 1952 the Luis Lopez School District was consolidated with the Socorro School District and the school was closed.[4] However, the building continued to be used as a community center for some years.

Today, the community of Luis Lopez consists of farms and a small suburb. New wells have brought growth to the community. The community is a suburb of Socorro, New Mexico.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marshall, Michael P. and Walt, Henry J. Rio Abajo: Prehistory and History of a Rio Grande Province, (Santa Fe: New Mexico Historic Preservation Program, 1984) pp. 277-278)
  2. ^ Marshall, Michael P. and Walt, Henry J. Rio Abajo: Prehistory and History of a Rio Grande Province, (Santa Fe: New Mexico Historic Preservation Program, 1984) pp. 277-278)
  3. ^ Staff (20 May 1941) "Rio Hits Again at Santone Bridge; Threatens Levee" Las Cruces Sun-News page 1, column 7
  4. ^ Staff (20 August 1952) "County Aid Powers of State School Board Challenged" Albuquerque Journal page 11, column 4

Coordinates: 33°59′20″N 106°53′07″W / 33.98889°N 106.88528°W / 33.98889; -106.88528