Belen, meaning Bethlehem, was originally settled by two Spaniards named Diego Torres and Antonio Salazar. The City of Belen is one such community of descendants of the families who have remained since its founding in 1941. The city has seen its share of growth but retains the unique blend of cultures that make it true New Mexico.
Belen is the Hub City--so called because it's almost in the center of the state and because its rail yard make it one of the major centers of the old Santa Fe Railway system. Belen is home to 7,200 people, a city of heart and soul, a place where bank tellers and grocery clerks know your fist name, where your child's teacher might be your next door neighbor.