Arteaga, Coahuila

Coordinates: 25°25′N 101°50′W / 25.417°N 101.833°W / 25.417; -101.833Coordinates: 25°25′N 101°50′W / 25.417°N 101.833°W / 25.417; -101.833
Country  Mexico
State Coahuila
Municipality Arteaga
Founded 31 October 1591 (Francisco de Urdiñola)
  Mayor José de Jesús Duran Flores
Elevation 1,660 m (5,450 ft)
Population (2000)
  Total 6,042
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
Postal code 25350

Arteaga (Spanish pronunciation: [arteˈaɣa]) is a city in the Mexican state of Coahuila. It serves as the administrative centre for the surrounding municipality of the same name.

Arteaga is located at 25°25′58″N 101°50′24″W / 25.43278°N 101.84000°W / 25.43278; -101.84000, at a height of 1,660 meters (5,450 ft) above sea level. It stands some 14 kilometers (8.7 mi) east of state capital Saltillo, on Federal Highways 57 and 54.

The municipality covers a total surface area of 1,818.60 square kilometers (702.17 sq mi) and, in 1995, reported a total population of 18,907. In addition to the municipal seat, it contains the settlements of San Antonio de las Alazanas, El Tunal, San Juan de los Dolores, Huachichil, Los Lirios, Mesa de Tablas, Bella Unión, Escobedo, and Jamé.

Artega residents often boast that they have a year-round median temperature of 72○F., and say theirs is the "most perfect" climate in North America.

The area was first inhabited by settlers from Tlaxcala in 1580, who named it San Isidro de las Palomas. On 29 December 1866 it was renamed in honour of General José María Arteaga Magallanes, a 19th-century national hero and governor of the state of Querétaro de Arteaga.

It includes the congregation of Landeros, which was named after an American soldier of Irish descent, which after the army's march through the area in the 1840s, settled there.


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