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Aragon, New Mexico

Coordinates: 33°53′24″N 108°31′14″W / 33.89000°N 108.52056°W / 33.89000; -108.52056
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Aragon, New Mexico
Santo Niño church
Santo Niño church
Aragon is located in New Mexico
Location within the state of New Mexico
Coordinates: 33°53′24″N 108°31′14″W / 33.89000°N 108.52056°W / 33.89000; -108.52056[1]
CountryUnited States
StateNew Mexico
 • Total8.46 sq mi (21.90 km2)
 • Land8.45 sq mi (21.90 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation7,054 ft (2,150 m)
 • Total76
 • Density8.99/sq mi (3.47/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)MDT
ZIP code
Area code575
GNIS feature ID2584050[1]

Aragon is a census-designated place on the Tularosa River in Catron County, New Mexico, United States. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 94.[5] It is located 7 miles (11 km) northeast of Apache Creek.


Old Fort Tularosa[edit]

Aragon is on the site of former Old Fort Tularosa 33°52′52″N 108°32′18″W / 33.88111°N 108.53833°W / 33.88111; -108.53833, which was built in 1872 to protect the Apache Indian Agency from the Ojo Caliente Band of Apaches. The fort was abandoned when the tribe was moved back to the Ojo Caliente reservation in 1874. A stockade was built on the site of the earlier fort in 1880 by Buffalo Soldiers led by Sergeant George Jordan. Jordan eventually received the Medal of Honor for leading 25 men to repulse a force of more than 100 Indians in the Battle of Fort Tularosa.

The only remaining evidence of the fort is a burial ground for soldiers who served in the Arizona Territory.[6][7]

The town[edit]

The town was known as "Joseph" from 1887 to 1898 and 1901 to 1906. Since 1906 it has been known as "Aragon", named for an old Spanish family who still lives in the area. Near Aragon, on the north side of Tularosa Canyon, a cave was occupied from 400 B.C. to A.D. 1100, containing pits and later masonry rooms.[8]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[9][3]


It is in the Reserve Independent School District.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Aragon, New Mexico
  2. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 12, 2022.
  3. ^ a b "Census Population API". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 12, 2022.
  4. ^ "87820 Map". Retrieved August 3, 2016.
  5. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Aragon CDP, New Mexico". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved October 16, 2014.
  6. ^ Catron County New Mexico: Aragon Cemetery. Archived September 8, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Billington,Monroe Lee,Univ.Press of CO,1991, New Mexico's Buffalo Soldiers
  8. ^ Banks, P.H. (nd) Cruzville, Apache Creek, Aragon and Old Horse Springs — NM Hwy12 from Reserve to Datil Archived June 8, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. SouthernNewMexico.com. Retrieved 6/13/07.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  10. ^ "2020 CENSUS - SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP: Catron County, NM" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 12, 2022.

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