Alamogordo


Alamogordo
/al'euh meuh gawr"doh/, n.
a city in S New Mexico: first atomic bomb exploded in the desert ab. 50 mi. (80 km) NW of here, July 16, 1945. 24,024.

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 city, seat (1899) of Otero county, southern New Mexico, U.S. It lies at the western base of the Sacramento Mountains and east of the Tularosa Basin. Founded by John A. and Charles B. Eddy in 1898 and named for its large cottonwood trees (Spanish: alamo “cottonwood,” gordo “fat”), it became a division point on the Southern Pacific Railroad and developed as a lumber town and agricultural-market centre. The Holloman Air Force Base was constructed there during World War II, and the first atomic bomb was exploded at the “Trinity Site” (60 miles [97 km] northwest) on July 16, 1945 (see photograph—>). The base later tested guided missiles, and it now houses aerospace research facilities.

      Scarcity of water has impeded Alamogordo's postwar development, but water is supplied from many wells and the 85-mile (137-kilometre) Bonito pipeline system. White Sands National Monument, the International Space Hall of Fame (honouring space pioneers), and the Mescalero (Apache) Reservation are nearby. The city is headquarters for Lincoln National Forest. It is the site of the New Mexico School for the Visually Handicapped (1903) and of a branch of New Mexico State University. Inc. 1912. Pop. (1990) 27,596; (2000) 35,582.

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