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Bluewater Village, New Mexico
Census-designated place
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Coordinates: 35°14′17″N 107°58′51″W / 35.23806°N 107.98083°W / 35.23806; -107.98083Coordinates: 35°14′17″N 107°58′51″W / 35.23806°N 107.98083°W / 35.23806; -107.98083
Country United States
State New Mexico
County Cibola
Area
 • Total 10.107 sq mi (26.18 km2)
 • Land 10.087 sq mi (26.13 km2)
 • Water 0.020 sq mi (0.05 km2)
Elevation
6,749 ft (2,057 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 628
 • Density 62.14/sq mi (23.991/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
87005
Area code(s) 505
GNIS feature ID 2584059

Bluewater Village is a census-designated place in Cibola County, New Mexico, United States. Its population in 2010 was 628. Bluewater Village is west of Grants. The Bluewater Elementary School is located here. The Bluewater post office, which is included in the CDP, has a ZIP code of 87005.

There was formerly a Navajo community at this location, and the area was called Agua Azul. The town was founded in 1880 as a stop on the A&P Railroad. Several Mormon settlers built an earthen dam and established a community nearby in 1896 named Mormontown. The railroad town faded, and Mormontown adopted the name Bluewater.

Anaconda Bluewater Mill NM
Anaconda Bluewater Mill, circa 1963

Nearby was the former Bluewater Mill, a uranium mill operated by Anaconda Copper from 1954 to 1982. The site was reclaimed in 1995, under the provisions of the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act, and is monitored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

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