Rodeo, New Mexico
|unincorporated community town|
A view of Rodeo
|Nickname(s): Rodeo, New Mexico's most western town.|
|Elevation||4,124 ft (1,257 m)|
Founded in 1902 as a rail stop on the El Paso and Southwestern Railroad line running from Bisbee, Arizona to El Paso, Texas, it became the center for cattle shipping in the San Simon Valley. Two views exist as to the source of Rodeo’s name. One suggests the town's name derives from the Spanish word rodeo meaning "roundup" or "enclosure" in reference to cattle shipping. However, the noun rodeo is derived from the Spanish verb rodear meaning "to surround" or "to go around". The El Paso and Southwestern railroad ran east across the southern part of the state and after passing through Antelope Pass turns south to Rodeo continuing to Douglas, Arizona and then north to Bisbee, going around the Chiricahua Mountains.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Rodeo, New Mexico
- "Rodeo: English Spanish Translation | Traductor ingles español". Spanishdict.com. Retrieved 2010-08-27.
- "Rodear: English Spanish Translation | Traductor ingles español". Spanishdict.com. Retrieved 2010-08-27.
- Julyan, Robert Hixson (1996). The place names of New Mexico. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press. p. 302. ISBN 978-0-8263-1689-9.
- Gomez, M.E. (JR.) (2009). The Other Rodeo. published by Talbotland Inc. p. 146.