Los Cerrillos, New Mexico


Los Cerrillos Details

Status: Active Town

Date Settled: 1879

Current Population: 229

Peak Population: 3,000 +

Elevation: 5,725 Feet (1,745 meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold, Lead

State: New Mexico

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Los Cerrillos Description

Before the arrival of the Spanish, the mineral rich area around Cerrillos produced turquoise, which was broadly traded across the American Southwest and into Mexico. An early settlement of Los Cerrillos harbored Spanish refugees from the 1680 Revolt, but the present community was not founded until the lead strike of 1879.

From a sign in town

Did You Know.......

A mine is a hole in the ground, owned by a liar.
-Mark Twain


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