The official name of Mesa del Cobre (meaning “The Copper Mesa” ) comes from its copper-orange colored soil. The town sits on top of a mesa, hence the name Mesa del Cobre. The nearest communities to Mesa del Cobre are El Cobre and Lagunillas, which reside 2 kilometers to the east. The population of Mesa del Cobre is about 50 as of 2005. The city was founded in 1890 by land settlers in nearby cities looking for farm land. The town used to be a forest until it was settled in 1890.