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Bylas, Arizona
Historic Bylas Town marker
Historic Bylas Town marker
Location of Bylas in Graham County, Arizona.
Location of Bylas in Graham County, Arizona.
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Coordinates: 33°8′19″N 110°7′30″W / 33.13861°N 110.12500°W / 33.13861; -110.12500Coordinates: 33°8′19″N 110°7′30″W / 33.13861°N 110.12500°W / 33.13861; -110.12500
Country United States
State Arizona
County Graham
Indian Reservation San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation
Area
 • Total 4.20 sq mi (10.88 km2)
 • Land 4.18 sq mi (10.83 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
Elevation
2,608 ft (795 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 1,782
 • Density 426.21/sq mi (164.55/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
FIPS code 04-08710

Bylas (Western Apache: Hago'teele) is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Graham County, Arizona, United States, located within the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation. As of the 2010 census, its population was 1,962. The community has a medical clinic, a police substation, and a market. Bylas is an Apache settlement divided into two communities, one of the White Mountain Apache, the other of San Carlos and Southern Tonto Apache. It is named for Bylas (a.k.a. Bailish) a chief of the Eastern White Mountain Apache band.

Geography

Bylas is located at 33°8′19″N 110°7′30″W / 33.13861°N 110.12500°W / 33.13861; -110.12500 (33.1386688, -110.1250875), at an elevation of 2,608 feet (795 m).

People

  • Chesley Goseyun Wilson, Apache fiddle maker and player, National Heritage Award winner (1989)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 1,125
1980 1,175 4.4%
1990 1,219 3.7%
2000 1,147 −5.9%
2010 1,962 71.1%
2020 1,782 −9.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

Bylas first appeared on the 1970 U.S. Census as an unincorporated village. In 1980, it was made a census-designated place (CDP). In 2000, it did not initially appear on the census returns, but the census viewer page later returned a population of 1,147. It appeared normally again as a CDP on the 2010 returns.

Transportation

The road is served by U.S. Route 70.

San Carlos Apache Nnee Bich'o Nii Transit provides transportation on the reservation and to Safford and Globe. Greyhound Lines serves Bylas on its Phoenix-El Paso via Globe route.

Notable person

  • Chesley Goseyun Wilson, Apache fiddle maker and player, National Heritage Award winner (1989)
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