Luna, New Mexico

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This article is about the unincorporated community in New Mexico. For the county, see Luna County, New Mexico.
Luna, New Mexico
Unincorporated community
Luna, New Mexico is located in New Mexico
Luna, New Mexico
Luna, New Mexico
Location within the state of New Mexico
Coordinates: 33°49′8″N 108°57′14″W / 33.81889°N 108.95389°W / 33.81889; -108.95389Coordinates: 33°49′8″N 108°57′14″W / 33.81889°N 108.95389°W / 33.81889; -108.95389
Country United States
State New Mexico
County Catron
Population (2000)
 • Total 0
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC)
Area code(s) 575

Luna is an unincorporated community in northwestern Catron County, New Mexico, United States. It is seven miles from the Arizona border and twentyone miles from Reserve on the San Francisco River and U.S. Route 180.

History[edit]

In the 19th Century it was part of the extensive lands of Don Salomon Luna and the valley was used for sheep ranching. It briefly was an outlaw hide-away, but was settled by Mormon ranchers in 1883 and subject to Chiricahua Apache attacks until the surrender of Geronimo. The town was named after Don Salomon Luna.

The Post Office was opened in 1886; Luna's zipcode is 87824.

Culture[edit]

"Mormon Pioneer Day" is celebrated on the Saturday closest to July 24 at the village rodeo grounds with a parade, rodeo and dance.

References[edit]

  • Pearce, T. M. (1965) "Luna" New Mexico place names; a geographical dictionary University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, NM, p. 94, OCLC 420847
  • Julyan, Robert Hixson (1998) "Luna" The place names of New Mexico (2nd ed.) University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, NM, p. 215, ISBN 0-8263-1688-3

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