He was founded on October 14, 1889, and was originally named Villa Holguínball. He changed his name to Armeniaball after the Hamidian Massacres of 1894-97 when Ottomanball was into killing many Armeniaballs in Anatolia.
For a long time, he did not have roads and had to ride mules everywhere because his clay is mountainous. This finally changed in 1927.
He has earthquakes often, including a very bad one in 1999 that leveled him. He rebuilt quickly, however, and is often called the "miracle cityball".