Villanueva, New Mexico

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Church at Villanueva, around 1915

Villanueva is a small unincorporated community along the Pecos River in San Miguel County, New Mexico, United States. It is located along New Mexico State Highway 3. Just southeast is Villanueva State Park, in a colorful canyon cut by the Pecos River.

Villanueva, an old Spanish colonial village, was originally called La Cuesta (Spanish, hill or slope) because the village sits on top of a steeply sloping hill or cuesta in the Pecos Valley. It was renamed in 1890, for a prominent local family.[1]

Some Cibolero buffalo hunters of the 19th century originated from Villanueva and other Hispano communities along the Pecos River.[2]

Villanueva has the ZIP code 87583. The 87583 ZIP Code Tabulation Area had a population of 267 at the 2000 census.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Geology of Villanueva area
  2. ^ "The Cibolero Trail: Across the Plains of Eastern New Mexico. http://www.over-land.com/st_cibolero.html
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 35°16′00″N 105°21′39″W / 35.26667°N 105.36083°W / 35.26667; -105.36083