Alamogordo is in Otero County, over 200 miles from Albuquerque, and is surrounded by the Sacramento Mountains and the Chihuahuan Desert. There are great parks around the city with a vast network of trails, ideal for residents to get out and explore. The Alameda Park Zoo has over 90 different species on their 12-acre property with guided tours, lectures, and almost 200 animals to checkout. The Holloman Air Force Base is the city’s anchor as it employs the townspeople as well as contributes to the economy.
Residents earn their money locally and put it back into their community by supporting businesses in the city.
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Here’s some cool information and fun facts about Alamogordo, New Mexico. Indigenous people are known to have lived in the area for over 11,000 years prior to European exploration. Charles Eddy brought the El Paso and Northeastern Railroad to the area in 1898 and founded the town. His brother John Eddy named the town Alamogordo (Spanish: Gordo – fat; alamo – cottonwood) because of the big cottonwood trees by the Pecos River. The town was developed by the railroad’s Alamogordo Improvement Company, and they built all the roads, buildings, and houses.
The Alamogordo Army Air Field was built in the 1940s and today (now named Holloman Air Force Base) is the largest employer in the city. It drives the economy, and the workforce lives in Alamogordo.
Today, the total population of this grand American city is 31,980 people.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, The racial makeup is:
- 54.8% White
- 34.8% Hispanic
- 5.2% African American
- 1.7% Native American
- 1.8% Asian
The median household income is $44,133.
- The first nuclear detonation was conducted at the USAAF Alamogordo Bombing and Gunnery Range on July 16, 1945. It was code-named “Trinity” and was a precursor to the Nagasaki Fat Man bomb.
- The oldest zoo in Southwestern America, the Alameda Park Zoo, was opened in 1898.
- Astronomer Alan Hale grew up in Alamogordo. He discovered the Hale-Bopp comet along with amateur astronomer Thomas Bopp.
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