The municipality covers a total suface area of and, in 1995, reported a total population of 18,907. In addition to the municipal seat, it contains the settlements of San Antonio de las Alazanas, El Tunal, San Juan de los Dolores, Huachichil, Los Lirios, Mesa de Tablas, Bella Unión, Escobedo, and Jamé.
The area was first inhabited by settlers from Tlaxcala in 1580, who named it San Isidro de las Palomas. On 29 December 1866 it was renamed in honour of General José María Arteaga Magallanes, a 19th-century national hero and governor of the state of Querétaro de Arteaga.
INFORMATION ISSUED BY U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE FOR MONTANA ON NOV. 22: JORGE ARTURO BARRAGAN-ARTEAGA SENTENCED IN U.S. DISTRICT COURT
Nov 22, 2006; The U.S. Department of Justice's U.S. Attorney's office for Montana issued the following press release: Bill Mercer, United...