Magdalena Public Library and Box Car Museum
The history of Magdalena is a reflection of the Old West, with a pattern of American Indian, Spanish and Anglo interaction in the area. Prior to, and after the arrival of Europeans in the region, the area was a hunting ground for numerous Indian groups, including the Piros, Pueblo, Navajo, Gila, Mogollon, Apache and Comanche peoples. The first Spanish explorers arrived in the late 1500's and named the area "la Sierra de Magdalena", having seen what they believed to be the face of St. Mary Magdalene in the nearby mountains, a similar geographic feature to a mountain in Spain.
Magdalena Historical Society
A group committed to collecting and preserving local history. Check our Events tab for meeting dates.