Location of Apulco, Mexico (red) within the country and state Zacatecas
|Founded||1541(Fray Antonio de Segovia)|
|• Mayor||Martín Carvajal Mártinez|
|Elevation||1,840 m (6,040 ft)|
|Time zone||Central (US Central) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||Central (UTC-5)|
Origin of the name
The Nahuatl dictionary defines the word "Apoctli" (which people believe the name Apulco derived from) as smoke, water, water vapor.
The first inhabitants of what is now Apulco were the Tecuexes who populated the area approximately in the 10th century. Later that area was inhabited by the Caxcan, which came from the Teuitlan Valley (now Municipality of Villanueva, Zacatecas), immediately a town arose which was known as Nochistlán, but they were expelled by its previous inhabitants, who later resided in the area due to the support of zacatecans and the Huachichil.
In the year of 1541, supported by the viceroy, Fray Antonio de Segovia moved forward with the Christian evangelization and built a chapel in favor of Saint Peter, patron of the place. Apulco was declared a town in 1821.