Santa Bárbara, Chihuahua

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Santa Bárbara
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Coordinates: 26°48′48″N105°49′13″W / 26.81333°N 105.82028°W / 26.81333; -105.82028 Coordinates: 26°48′48″N105°49′13″W / 26.81333°N 105.82028°W / 26.81333; -105.82028
CountryFlag of Mexico.svg  Mexico
State Chihuahua
Municipality Santa Bárbara

Santa Bárbara is a city and seat of the municipality of Santa Bárbara, in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua. As of 2010, the city of Santa Bárbara had a population of 8,765, [1] up from 8,673 as of 2005. [2]



Santa Bárbara, Chihuahua, was established in 1567 by Spanish conquistador Rodrigo del Rio de Losa during the rule of Francisco de Ibarra, governor of the state of Nueva Vizcaya, New Spain. The Indians in the region when the Spanish arrived were the Native Conchos Indians who were described as "naked barbarians, very poor and having nothing to eat except roots and prickly pears." [3] The Spanish were attracted to the region by discoveries of silver and Santa Barbara grew from a population of 30 in 1575 to 7,000 in 1600. It was the northernmost outpost of Nueva Espana in the 16th century. Santa Barbara became a wealthy frontier town of slavers, ranchers, miners, adventurers, and priests. [4]

Santa Barbara is located on a tributary of the Conchos River and was the jumping off spot for several expeditions to New Mexico including Chamuscado and Rodriguez in 1581-1582, Antonio de Espejo in 1582-1583, and Juan de Onate in 1597. [5]

On December 17, 1930, the town was designated a city by an act of the legislature. Today, Santa Barbara is overshadowed by nearby Parral but the extensive mine tailings tell of its former prominence. [6]


The municipality produces wood products and nuts from trees such as walnuts, mesquite, junipers, acamos, gatuños, willows and madroños. Fruits grown in the region are peach, pear and apple. These products are being sold worldwide. The city also continues to rely on mining of lead, silver, gold, zinc, fluorite and other minerals. Lead is now the most important mineral produced in this city. The mines collectively occupy 7,180 hectares of the municipality.

Tourist attractions

Tourists visit caves, mountain ranges, and other natural attraction in the region. The caves have ancient paintings on the cave walls made by early indigenous people who resided here long before the arrival of the Spaniards.

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  1. "Santa Bárbara". Catálogo de Localidades. Secretaría de Desarrollo Social (SEDESOL). Retrieved 23 April 2014.
  2. Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía. Principales resultados por localidad 2005 (ITER). Retrieved on October 19, 2008
  3. Simmons, Marc, The Last Conquistador: Juan de Onate and the Settling of the Far Southwest. Norman: U of OK Press, 1991,49
  4. Hammond, George P. and Rey, Agapito, The Rediscovery of New Mexico, 1580-1594. Albuquerque: U of NM Press, 1966, 4-5
  5. Simmons, 50, 54, 86
  6. Hammond and Rey, 6