Village of Willard

Population, 2015: 241
Area: 0.96 square mile
Incorporated: 1910
Location: Junction of US 60, NM 41, and NM 42


Willard is an agricultural community in the southern Estancia Basin. A main east-west line of the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway passes through the village. In addition to some recent growth in the dairy industry, Willard has also received an economic shot in the arm in the wind-power arena. In 2009 the High Lonesome Wind Ranch began operations, with 40 three-bladed wind turbines which produce 100 megawatts of electricity, enough to serve about 25,000 homes.


The Laguna del Perro and Salina Lake salt flats and lagoons, a source of salt for centuries, are located just east of Willard. Railroad promoter Willard Samuel Hopewell founded the town when the railroad arrived on the scene in the early 1900's, and named it for his son, Willard Samuel Jr. Until the decline of farming in the 1940's, Willard grew as a rail shipping point for ranchers and Pinto bean farmers. At one time Willard boasted four banks and six mercantile stores.


Willard 2010-2015 Population Graph

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A mayor, elected every four years
Four councilors elected for four-year staggered terms


  • Water: Village of Willard
  • Source of Water: Ground water
  • Sewer: Village of Willard
  • Solid Waste: Private Contractor
  • Electric: Central New Mexico Electric Cooperative
  • Natural Gas: EMW Gas Association
  • Telephone: CenturyLink


  • Highways: US 60, NM 41, and NM 42
  • Train, Freight: Burlington Northern & Santa Fe


K-12: Estancia School District


State parks: Manzano State Park, northwest of Mountainair, offers trout fishing and camping. One of the oldest apple orchards in the United States overlooks Manzano Lake. ("Manzano" means "apple" in Spanish.)

National monument: Salinas National Monument preserves ruins of Indian pueblos and churches at three sites near Mountainair-- Abo, Quarai, and Gran Quivira.

Recreation: The Manzano Mountains lie to the west. In the Mountainair Ranger District are eight campgrounds and many trails for hiking, cross-country skiing, and horseback riding.



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