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Chama

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Chama is a village in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 1,199 at the 2000 census.GeographyChama is located at , on the Rio Chama. According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.6sqmi, all of it land.Transportation heritageChama is the western terminus of the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, a steam-driven, narrow gauge heritage railway which carries visitors to and from Osier, Colorado, and Antonito, Colorado, during the summer months. It is the remaining 64 mile portion of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad's San Juan Extension built in the 1880s between Alamosa, Colorado, and Durango, Colorado. The route was abandoned in the late 1960s and the tracks from Chama westward to Durango were torn up soon afterwards.DemographicsAt the 2000 census, there were 1,199 people, 467 households and 312 families residing in the village. The population density was 467.9 per square mile (180.8/km²). There were 601 housing units at an average density of 234.5 per square mile (90.6/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 67.56% White, 1.58% African American, 2.67% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 25.10% from other races, and 3.00% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 71.23% of the population.
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