El Rito, also known as El Rito Quemado, now Quemado (Catron County).
Venadito, located a few miles west of Atarque. Venadito was the location
of a ranch owned by Jose Leon Garcia and Francisca (Kika) Chavez.
La Tinaja, a ranch near present day Ramah, at one time owned by don Leopoldo
Santa Rita, a ranch south of the present day Fence Lake, at one time owned
by Blas Chavez and Espiridiona (Preciliana) Saavedra.
Black Rock, known as Piedras Negras.
Bluewater, known as Agua Azul.
Saint John's (Apache County, Arizona), originally known as San Juan. When
the Mormons entered the area, they changed the name, disregarding the "right of
antiquity" claimed by the original settlers.[Footnote#2]
El Tule and Las Tusas, communities southeast of San Juan, now under
the waters of Lyman Dam.
Manuelito (Apache County, Arizona), a few miles west of Gallup, New Mexico.
Concho (Apache County, Arizona), lies due west of Saint Johns. [Here, I may
add that the RUIZ surname so prominent in Gallup originated in Portugal and came
via San Francisco (California), San Juan/Concho (Arizona Territory), and finally,
Gallup (New Mexico).]
Navajo (Apache County, Arizona), located on Interstate 40 about 50 miles
west of Gallup, and should not be confused with Navajo in McKinley County,
New Mexico, a mining community north of Gallup.
Ojo Bonito, located south of Zuni Pueblo.
During the early 1900s and into the 1920s, a steady stream of people from Mexico
settled in the mining areas surrounding Gallup (McKinley County, New Mexico). To
my knowledge, the communities of Gibson, Allison, Gamerco,
Weaver, Mentmore, and Navajo, no longer exist.
About the author: Pauline Chavez Bent was born in Atarque, and is
the author of Atarque: Now All is Silent, self-published in 1993. She is
a member of the New Mexico Genealogical Society, living in Huntington Beach, California.
She has been a frequent contributor to the New Mexico Genealogist.