Cliff, New Mexico

Cliff is a census-designated place in Grant County, New Mexico, United States. Its population was 293 as of the 2010 census.[2]

Cliff, New Mexico
Cliff
Cliff
Coordinates: 32°57′43″N 108°36′40″W
CountryUnited States
StateNew Mexico
CountyGrant
Area
  Total10.253 sq mi (26.56 km2)
  Land10.253 sq mi (26.56 km2)
  Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation
4,498 ft (1,371 m)
Population
  Total293
  Density29/sq mi (11/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (MST)
  Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
88028
Area code(s)575
FIPS code35-17-15860
GNIS feature ID898744

History

Cliff and the nearby town of Gila were settled in 1884, in the Gila River Valley. The area was and is primarily a ranching and farming community.[3] The local Cliff Post Office was established on Aug 4, 1894.

Stolen de Kooning painting

In 2017, Woman-Ochre, a 1955 painting by Willem de Kooning, which was stolen from the University Of Arizona Museum Of Art in 1985, was found in the home of a recently deceased couple in Cliff.[4]

Culture

The annual Grant County Fair is held annually at the adjoining fairgrounds next to Cliff High School.

Education

Cliff schools are part of the Silver Consolidated School District. The District's main office is located in Silver City.

  • Cliff Elementary School (K-6)
    • Students: 124
    • Teachers: 7.7
  • Cliff High School (7-12)
    • Students 155
    • Teachers 12.1

Transportation

U.S. Route 180 connects Cliff to Silver City, and NM 211 connects Cliff to Gila.

Points of interest

  • Bill Evan's Lake
  • Gila Riparian Preserve

References

  1. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  2. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  3. SouthWest New Mexico, Historic Silver City Area Scenic Tours, page 19, 2008.
  4. https://www.thedailybeast.com/who-stole-the-dollar165m-de-kooning-found-behind-a-bedroom-door


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