Vaughn, New Mexico

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Vaughn is a town in Guadalupe County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 539 at the 2000 census.

Vaughn is located at an intersection of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Union Pacific railroad lines.



Vaughn was established in the early 20th century as a Southern Pacific Railroad town. The town's importance grew when a second railroad, the Eastern Railway of New Mexico (an Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe line from Belen to Clovis), was completed in 1907 with Vaughn as a division point. A large two-story depot, a roundhouse, and a Harvey House hotel were constructed shortly thereafter. Vaughn was incorporated in 1919 and in 1920 had a population of 888 according to the U.S. census.


Vaughn is located at 34°36′5″N 105°12′23″W / 34.60139°N 105.20639°W / 34.60139; -105.20639 (34.601253, -105.206410)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 5.6 square miles (14.5 km²). Vaughn lies on U.S. Route 285 roughly halfway between Santa Fe and Roswell.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 539 people, 232 households, and 154 families residing in the town. The population density was 96.3 people per square mile (37.2/km²). There were 338 housing units at an average density of 60.4/sq mi (23.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 52.69% White, 0.37% Native American, 43.97% from other races, and 2.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 87.01% of the population.

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