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County Information
Hidalgo was created on February 25, 1919, from the southern part of Grant County. It was named for the town north of Mexico City where the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed, which in turn was named for Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, the priest who is known as the "Father of Mexican Independence".
(source: wikipedia.org)

City
* Lordsburg is southeast of Virden, where US 70 and I-10 meet
Village
* Virden is in the northwestern corner, near U.S. Highway 70
Other Communities
* Animas is in the middle of the county, south of Cotton City
* Antelope Wells is located on the US-Mexico border on the southern edge of the county
* Cotton City is about 25 miles southwest of Lordsburg
* Playas is about 13 miles almost due east of Animas, near the county border
* Summit is located on County Route A12
* Rodeo is located southwest of Animas on Highway 80

Ghost Towns
Bramlett * Cloverdale * Cowboy Springs * Cloverdale * Gary
* Road Fork *
Steins * Shakespeare * Valedon * Walnut Wells


near Lordsburg, New Mexico
May 1937

Three related drought refugee families stalled on the highway near Lordsburg, New Mexico. From farms near Claremore, Oklahoma. Have been working as migratory workers in California and Arizona, now trying to get to Roswell, New Mexico, for work chopping cotton. Have car trouble and pulled up alongside the highway. "Would go back to Oklahoma but can't get along there. Can't feed the kids on what they give you (relief budget) and ain't made a crop there you might say for five years. Only other work there is fifty cents a day wages and the farmers can't pay it anyways." One of these families has lost two babies since they left their home in Oklahoma. The children, seventeen months and three years, died in the county hospital at Shafter California, from typhoid fever, resulting from unsanitary conditions in a labor camp . [Source: "Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection". The above story is part of the caption noted with the picture]

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