Rodeo (town)

Rodeo (town)

Rodeo, New Mexico 88056

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Rodeo is in western Hidalgo County, bordering the state of Arizona. NM-80 leads north 30 miles to I-10 at Road Forks and southwest 2 miles to the state line, continuing as AZ-80 southwest another 48 miles to Douglas, Arizona. Lordsburg, the Hidalgo County seat, is 47 miles to the northeast via NM-80 and I-10.

Founded in 1902 as a rail stop on the El Paso and Southwestern Railroad line running from Bisbee, Arizona to El Paso, Texas, it became the center for cattle shipping in the San Simon Valley. Two views exist as to the source of Rodeo’s name. One suggests it derives from the Spanish word rodeo, meaning “roundup” or “enclosure”, in reference to cattle shipping. However, the noun rodeo is derived from the Spanish verb rodear meaning “to surround” or “to go around”. The El Paso and Southwestern railroad runs east across the southern part of the state and after passing through Antelope Pass, turns south to Rodeo continuing to Douglas, Arizona, and then north to Bisbee, going around the Chiricahua Mountains.

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