Luna, New Mexico
|Luna, New Mexico|
|• Total||5.56 sq mi (14.41 km2)|
|• Land||5.56 sq mi (14.39 km2)|
|• Water||0.008 sq mi (0.02 km2)|
|• Density||28/sq mi (11.0/km2)|
|Time zone||Mountain (MST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||MDT (UTC)|
Luna is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in northwestern Catron County, New Mexico, United States. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 158. It is situated on the San Francisco River and U.S. Route 180, 7 miles (11 km) east of the Arizona border and 20 miles (32 km) northwest of Reserve, the Catron county seat.
In the 19th century Luna 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;
"Mormon Pioneer Day" is celebrated on the Saturday closest to July 24 at the village rodeo grounds with a parade, rodeo and dance.
- "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Luna CDP, New Mexico". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved October 16, 2014.
- 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