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Bayard is a town of about 2200 (down 11% since 2000) located along U.S. Highway 180 in Grant County in Southwest New Mexico. Bayard is a few miles east of Silver City and 36 miles northwest of Deming. The pre-historic Mogollon and Mimbres people lived in this area a few thousand years ago. They were followed by the Warm Springs Apache who showed the Spanish deposits of copper around 1801. Bayard was established around 1899 as "Hall's Station" a stop on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe rail line, that supported the tuberculosis sanatorium at nearby Fort Bayard. The town soon became "Bayard Station" then just Bayard in 1902 when a post office was opened here. Both the town and the fort, which was established in 1865, were named after Brigadier General George Dashiell Bayard who served in the area before being killed at the Battle of Fredericksburg. Open-pit mining began in the nearby town of Santa Rita in 1910 and eventually consumed the town. Residents of Santa Rita then moved to Bayard. Bayard was incorporated on 20 August 1938.

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Silver City is a very pleasant town of about 9900 (down 6% since 2000) located at the intersection of U. S. Highway 180 and New Mexico Highways 15 and 90 in Grant County in Southwest New Mexi…
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