Place:Vaughn, Guadalupe, New Mexico, United States

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NameVaughn
Alt namesWest Vaughnsource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS35024369
TypeTown
Coordinates34.601°N 105.206°W
Located inGuadalupe, New Mexico, United States
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source: Family History Library Catalog


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Vaughn is a town in Guadalupe County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 539 at the 2000 census. According to Google public data, the population has dropped 17% to 438 as of July 2011.

Vaughn is located at an intersection of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Union Pacific railroad lines.

History

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Vaughn was established in the early 20th century as a Southern Pacific Railroad town. The town's importance grew when a second railroad, the Eastern Railway of New Mexico (an Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe line from Belen to Clovis), was completed in 1907 with Vaughn as a division point. A large two-story depot, a roundhouse, and a Harvey House hotel were constructed shortly thereafter. Vaughn was incorporated in 1919 and in 1920 had a population of 888 according to the U.S. census.

This town was one of the shooting scenes for Bobbie Jo and the Outlaw starring Wonder Woman actress Lynda Carter.

On Wednesday, 26 September 2012, the town's only police force was disbanded when the police chief resigned due to criminal charges lodged against him. According to a news report, the police dog and a non-sworn officer are the only remaining connection to what the town called the police department. The Guadalupe County Sheriff's Department patrols the town, which, according to the United States Homeland Security, is a known drug smuggling route.

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