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San Miguel County Coordinator:
- San Miguel county was originally created by the Republic of
Mexico in 1844, and designated in 1852 as one of the nine
original counties by the New Mexico territorial legislature. Its
original name was San Miguel del Bado, which was then one of the
area’s oldest communities and it became the county seat. The
county seat was moved to Las Vegas in 1864.
- San Miguel county’s natural beauty consists of mountains and
valleys, mesas and canyons, marshes and green belts…some of the
most beautiful and unique landscapes in the state.
- San Miguel del Bado was
established through a Spanish Crown grant in 1794, and is the oldest
settlement in the county. Click on the link to see the title and
history of the San Miguel del Bado
- General Stephen Watts
Kearney took possession of Las Vegas in 1846 in the name of the
- In 1880, the railroad built
the famous 240-room Montezuma Hot Springs Hotel. It was the first
building in New Mexico to be lighted by electricity with power from
its own generating plant.
- The first telephone line in
New Mexico went from Las Vegas to The Plaza Hotel in 1880.
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