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Concho, Arizona
Country United States
State Arizona
County Apache
Area
 • Total 0.5 sq mi (1.2 km2)
 • Land 0.5 sq mi (1.2 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation
5,942 ft (1,811 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 38
 • Density 85/sq mi (32.9/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
ZIP code
85924
Area code(s) 928
GNIS feature ID 3155

Concho is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Apache County, Arizona, United States. Concho is located on Arizona State Route 61, 14 miles (23 km) west of St. Johns. Concho was the original site for the state capitol, due to its prosperous farming. As of the 2010 census, the Concho CDP had a population of 38.

Concho has the ZIP code 85924. The United States Postal Service operates the Concho Post Office along Arizona State Route 61.

History

Concho was formed as a Basque community in the late 1860s. A group of Mormons led by William J. Flake arrived in 1879 after Flake and Bateman H. Wilhelm purchased some of the land from José Francisco Chaves under the direction of Mormon leader Erastus Snow. The Mormon community adopted the name Erastus in honor of Snow, but changed the name to Concho to match the continuing Mexican community in 1890.

While many believe the name is possibly derived from the Spanish word concha (meaning "shell"), perhaps due to the shells found along the Concho Creek, in reality it is a Basque word meaning "a small valley" which is indicative of both the topography and the original Basque sheep herders that founded the town. "The town was once the major population and financial center of the northeast quarter of what is now Arizona. It continued as a thriving small town for many years." Nevertheless, circumstances such as World War II caused residents to leave the area, and in time Concho dwindled down to a small community.

The village (CDP) of Concho, sometimes referred to as "Old Concho", is rich in tradition and folklore. Each year the villagers enjoy coming together for the San Rafael Fiestas, when residents and relatives from afar gather for joyful celebration and reminiscing. Concho also celebrates Memorial Day with the only Memorial Day parade and town picnic in Arizona that actually takes place on Memorial Day.

The newer portion of Concho, outside the CDP, is the highland country referred to as "Concho Valley", established in 1971. Growth in this development primarily took place as a result of the construction of the Coronado Generating Station located west of St. Johns. A main attraction is the local country club and golf course, along with Concho Lake, which primarily serves as an irrigation reservoir for "Old Concho", but is enjoyed for fishing, boating and recreation the rest of the year. Both the old and new portions of Concho enjoy the peacefulness of a quiet country atmosphere, with clear skies and a sense of community. The total population of the Concho CDP ("Old Concho") and "Concho Valley" is approximately 800-900 persons.

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