School names: Aztec

by Mike Magers

Aztec is located in San Juan County in the northwest part of the state.  The community received its name from early Catholic priests, Fathers Francisco Atanosio Dominguez and Francisco Velaz de Escalante, seeking a shorter route from Santa Fe to the missions of California. 

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School names: Lordsburg

by Mike Magers

Lords burg, New Mexico is the county seat of Hidalgo County which sits in the “Bootheel” area of southwestern New Mexico.  Its history includes having been settled by the Mogollon people from AD 150 to AD 1450.  Several generations of Indians resided there until the more recent Indian War years of the late 1800s, including the Apaches.  Being located on the site of natural springs, it became a natural stopping point for later travelers and settlers, including Mexicans and Anglos arriving from the eastern United States.

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School names: Moriarty

by Mike Magers

One might think that the town Moriarty was named from the villainous character from the “Sherlock Holmes” mysteries of author A. Conan Doyle, but it was not. Instead, it was named for a settler named Michael Timothy Moriarty who moved to the area from California in the late 1880s, seeking relief from his chronic rheumatism. Situated in Torrance County, it is home to Moriarty High School and the Moriarty Pintos.

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