Blue Creek, Orange Walk

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Blue Creek
Blue Creek is located in Belize
Blue Creek
Blue Creek
Coordinates: 17°54′N 88°54′W / 17.900°N 88.900°W / 17.900; -88.900
Country  Belize
District Orange Walk District
Population (2010)
 • Total 407
Time zone UTC-6 (Central)
Climate Aw

Blue Creek, also Blue Creek Colony, is a Mennonite settlement that is also an administrative village in Orange Walk District in Belize. It borders Blue Creek river, which forms the border to Mexico. Its inhabitants are German-speaking so-called "Russian" Mennonites.

In 1958 Blue Creek was founded by Old Colony Mennonites from Mexico. Disputes about the use of mechanical tools, especially chain saws, soon led conflicts, which resulted in the founding of an Evangelical Mennonite Mission Conference congregation in 1966 there, while others left to Bolivia, Mexico and Canada. In the end also the leaders of the Old Colony church left, forcing members to decide whether they would leave with them or join other groups. In 1978 families of the Kleine Gemeinde congregation from Spanish Lookout population moved to Blue Creek, to form a congregation there.[1] Today about half of population is in the modern Evangelical Mennonite Mission Church, which is part of the Evangelical Mennonite Mission Conference, while the other half is in the more conservative Kleine Gemeinde.[2]

Since about 1980 the population of Blue Creek is around 100 families. According to the 2010 census, Blue Creek had a population of 407 people in 111 households.[3]

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Coordinates: 17°54′N 88°54′W / 17.900°N 88.900°W / 17.900; -88.900