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
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
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