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From White Sands National Monument you have to drive about 15 miles east to reach the next city, which is Alamogordo.

Alamogordo has a population of 35,582 (year 2000), an elevation of 4,350 feet and a zoo.

Around one third of Alamogordo's total population is working for the Holloman Air Force Base, Otero County's largest employer.

Alamogordo is the capital of Otero county. The city was founded in the year 1898 by John A. Eddy and Charles B. Eddy back in the days when the Southern Pacific Railroad was a big deal.

The name Alamogordo comes from Spanish alamo, which means cottonwood and gordo, which means fat.

Trinity Site, where the first atomic bomb was exploded on July 16, 1945, is located about 60 miles or 97 kilometers northwest of the city.

Alamogordo also features the International Space Hall of Fame, the New Mexico School for the Visually Handicapped, and a branch of the New Mexico State University.

Nearby are a space shuttle landing site, the Mescalero Apache Reservation, and the Lincoln National Forest.


Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce
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If you are playing with the thought of getting yourself relocated to NM, the fine staff at the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce can answer any and all questions you might have regarding their town.

Chamber of Commerce
1301 N White Sands
Alamogordo, NM 88310

(575) 437-6120

More Alamogordo community information:

Otero County: 1000 New York, Alamogordo, NM 88310, (575) 437-7427
Alamogordo: 1376 E Ninth Street, Alamogordo, NM 88310, (575) 439-4205

Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center
2669 North Scenic Drive
Alamogordo, NM 88310, (575) 439-6100

Alamo's dermatologist, Jennifer Toncray, is also located at Gerald Champion.

Speaking of which, if you are a dermatologist and eager to find a cure, here is a skin disease that still needs one: Pyoderma Faciale.


Z-Tran Public Transportation, 900 First Street, Alamogordo, NM 88310, (575) 439-4971
Texas, New Mexico & Oklahoma Coaches, 601 White Sands, Alamogordo, NM 88310, (575) 437-3050

Dollar Cab, 1235 Hwy 70, Alamogordo, NM 88310, (575) 434-8294
T-N-T Taxi, 89 Lonesome Dove Ln, Alamogordo, NM 88310, (575) 437-2292


Here you can access the City of Alamogordo Phone Directory & Email Addresses




To the best of our knowledge all information is current. If you should discover any errors, however, please let us know. Thanks!




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