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Pleasanton, New Mexico
Census-designated place
Location within the state of New Mexico
Country United States
State New Mexico
County Catron
Area
 • Total 1.58 sq mi (4.09 km2)
 • Land 1.53 sq mi (3.95 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.14 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 106
 • Density 69/sq mi (26.8/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC)
Area code(s) 575

Pleasanton is a census-designated place in the Williams Valley of Catron County, south of Glenwood and north of Cliff, in the U.S. state of New Mexico. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 106. It was renowned as a safehaven for Mormon polygamists for several years.

History

Pleasanton was founded by Mormons in 1882. The 24th child of Mormon polygamist Jacob Hamblin was born there in 1884. Hamblin died of malarial fever in 1886. Other polygamists, including William Maxwell, made their home in Pleasanton specifically to evade the law.

In 1885 a band of Chiricahua Apache killed a group of U.S. Army soldiers in a triple cross-fire trap near Pleasanton.

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