Agua Negra, meaning "black water", was located seven miles north and a little west of Mora on the Maxwell Land Grant and on the Mora River. The settlement was in the same area as present day Holman.

The first post office was established on April 9, 1868, with James Giddings as the postmaster. The mail was received from a route out of the Mora Post Office.

When the postmaster vacated the position on October 22, 1869, another postmaster was not appointed and the office was closed.

The residents received their mail at the Mora Post Office until Joseph Holman was appointed postmaster and reopened the office on August 7. 1884.

This time the service continued until July 27, 1892, when the office was again discontinued and, again, the residents had to pick their mail up in Mora.

The community, however, did not remain without mail service. The Holman Post Office was established in 1894 and named after the Holman family.

PostmasterAppointment Date
James M. GiddingsApril 9, 1868
Discontinued - October 22, 1869
Joseph S. HolmanAugust 7, 1884

See also History of the Post Office at Holman, New Mexico

Copyright 1998 James W. White, Farmington, NM

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