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Lincoln County, New Mexico


The Home of Smokey Bear

Page Contents for Capitan, New Mexico

Statistics & Facts


History & History-related items

City Attractions


Chamber of Commerce.


Statistics & Facts

The New Mexico state capital is Santa Fe.
The population of Capitan is approximately 1,400 (2000), 1489 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 530 (1990), 643 (2010).
The amount of land area in Capitan is 8.173 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Capitan to Washington DC is 1707 miles.
The distance to the New Mexico state capital is 148 miles. (as the crow flies)
Capitan is positioned 33.54 degrees north of the equator and 105.59 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Capitan elevation is 6,350 feet above sea level.
Capitan average annual rainfall is 15.7 inches per year
Capitan average annual snowfall is 24 inches per year.
Capitan average annual humidity is 20%
The average winter temperature is 36 degrees F.
The average summer temperature is 68 degrees F.


in south-central New Mexico, west of Roswell and north of Alamogordo
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History & History Related Items

Capitan was founded in the late 1800's and finally incorporated on 1 February 1937.

Capitan was first known as Gray after Seaborn T. Gray who homesteaded here in 1884. It was changed to Capitan in 1900. The El Paso and Northeastern Railroad came through here to assist the mines, but once the mines closed down in the early 1900's, the lines were abandoned. Rather than mining, the main economic emphasis is now fishing, hunting and ranching.
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The Smokey Bear Museum
Capitan is both the birthplace and burial place of the famous Fire prevention bear, Smokey Bear.
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Capitan City Government

Village of Capitan
P.O. Box 246
Capitan, NM 88316
Phone: 505-354-2247
Fax: 505-354-2713 Capitan has a Mayor-Council form of government.

Capitan Chamber

Capitan Chamber of Commerce
Box 441
Capitan, NM 88316
Phone: (505) 354-2273

Capitan Organizations

Capitan Chamber of Commerce
Box 441
Capitan, NM 88316
Phone: (505) 354-2273 Capitan


The population of Capitan was:
1990 - 842
2000 - 1,400

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