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Otero County, New Mexico
Spanish for "large Cottonwood"
White Sands, The Space Center, and the Toy Train Depot
Home of the World's Largest Pistachio Nut
Chamber of Commerce.
Alamogordo was first planned by two brothers, Charles and John Eddy. It owes much of its success on the coming of the railroad to town as many of the old west towns.
Once the US entered World War II, Alamogordo was changed forever. Holloman Air Force Base was built on February 6, 1942. It was not named such until 1947. First it was Alamogordo Bombing and Gunnery Range and then Alamogordo Army Air Field. At first, it provided a training area for the British Royal Air Force. It was also a needed gunnery range. The first man-made atomic explosion was set off near here at White Sands Missile Range on July 16, 1945.
The town was founded in 1898 at a railroad crossroads. A good water supply helped the area to remain populated and productive.
White Sands National Monument
Visitor's Center: 575-679-2599
About 15 miles from Alamogordo, New Mexico
Alameda Park and Zoo
1321 N. White Sands Blvd.
Alamogordo, New Mexico 88310
Toll-free: 800-826-0294 (in New Mexico)
Toll-free: 877-333-6589 (outside New Mexico)
Established in 1898, The Oldest Zoo in the Southwest
New Mexico Museum of Space History
P.O. Box 5430
Alamogordo, NM 88311
Toll-free: 877-333-6589 Featuring the International Space Theater, an Air and Space Park and the Astronaut Memorial Garden among other items.
Otero County Fair
Held in early August each year at the County Fairgrounds here in Alamogordo. Events include a rodeo, animal shows, food, games, carnival rides and much more
Oliver Lee Memorial State Park
10 miles south on US 54 and then go to Dog Canyon.
Alamogordo Museum of History
Operated by the Tularosa Basin HIstorical Society, the museum collects items related to local history and the Tularosa Basin.
Of particular interest is a 47 star flag of which only a few are in existence.
1301 N. White Sands Blvd.
Alamogordo, NM 88310
490 First Street, Suite 2800
Holloman AFB NM 88330-8287
Public Affairs Office: 575-572-5406
See a photo page for Alamogordo.
A good Alamogordo Website
The Toy Train Depot
1991 N. White Sands Blvd.
Alamogordo, NM 88310
Over 1,200 feet of model railroad track plus much, much more
Home of the World's Largest Pistachio Nut. This nut is about 30 feet high. Just try cracking this nut! It is located at the McGinn's Pistachio Tree Ranch at 7320 U.S. Highway 54-70 in Alamogordo. It was built in 2008 with a stucco shell over a stell framework. The plaque in front of the nut dedicates it to Thomas Michael McGinn (1929-2007) who founded the McGinn's Pistachio Tree Ranch. See photo page for Alamogordo that includes pictures of this monument.
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Economy & Industry
Over half of the county population lives in Alamogordo. Tourism, Service and retail are the main sectors in this economy. Both Holloman Air Force Base and White Sands are major contributors to the local economy for both the military and the civilian sides. The area is well-known as a place with a good quality of life.
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Alamogordo City Clerk
1376 9th St
Alamogordo, NM 88310-5838
Alamogordo is the county seat of Otero County
Alamogordo Chamber Alamogordo Chamber Of Commerce
1301 N White Sands Blvd
Alamogordo, NM 88310-6659
Alamogordo Community Events Labor Day Weekend each year
Annual Cottonwood Arts & Crafts Festival
Place: Alameda Park in Alamogordo
Number of Housing Units:
1990 - 11,974
2000 - 15,920
2000 - 33.5 years
Per Capita Income:
2000 - $ 14,662
2008 - $ 19,227
Median house value:
2000 - $ 68,000
2008 - $ 115,418
Alamogordo is located in the Mountain Time Zone and does participate in Daylight Savings Time during a portion of the year.