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Alamogordo was founded in June of 1898 when the railway was extended into the area. The railroad in question was the El Paso & Northwestern Railroad owned by Charles B. Eddy. Eddy influenced the design of Alamogordo, which included wide thoroughfares & tree-lined irrigation canals.

The city's name was derived from the cottonwood tree, as "Alamo Gordo" literally means "fat cottonwood" in Spanish.

Nearly half a century later, history was made when the first atomic bomb was detonated not too far from Alamogordo at the current site of the White Sands Missile Range on July 16, 1945. This was the only nuclear test to ever take place at this location.

Average high temperatures in Alamogordo climb up to 93 degrees Fahrenheit in June, and the average lows drop as low as 28 degrees in December. The monthly precipitation average is 1.1 inches. Annual snowfall averages 5.7 inches.


12 public schools and a few private schools provide education to area students. Higher education is offered locally by New Mexico State University - Alamogordo. It's also just 70 miles to the main campus of New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center serves local health care needs.


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Alameda Park is located on the west side of town and is shaded by the cottonwood trees that are the city's namesake. At its south end is Alameda Park Zoo, the oldest zoo in the southwestern United States. Notable exhibits here include the puma, river otter, Markhor goat, Hawaiian goose and the endangered Mexican gray wolf. At the park's north end is The Toy Train Depot, a railroad and toy train museum.

Thanks to the fact that NASA has a training facility and landing strip in Alamogordo, the city is home to the New Mexico Museum of Space History, which also contains the International Space Hall of Fame. Inside the museum's various buildings, visitors can see replicas and training units of famous spacecraft, as well as watch presentations in the planetarium. This museum also houses the only IMAX theater in New Mexico.

The Alamogordo Family Recreation Center is a city-owned facility that provides local residents with access to a year-round indoor pool, basketball gym, a weight room and outdoor tennis courts.


Desert Lakes Golf Course is an 18-hole course with its own restaurant and pro shop. This public facility hosts several tournaments each year, including the Robert W. Hamilton Charity Golf Classic.

All this and more awaits in Alamogordo, New Mexico. This is a city that is always moving forward, and we hope you'll join us in our constant quest to grow and develop. Contact us today to learn more about Alamogordo and the properties we have available. We're confident that we can find you the property you've been dreaming about.




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