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Encyclopedia > Grants, New Mexico
The Grants Mining Museum, next to Historic Route 66.

Grants is a city in Cibola County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 8,806 at the 2000 census. It is also known as "the friendly outhouse". It is the county seat of Cibola CountyGR6. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 504 pixelsFull resolution (1378 × 869 pixel, file size: 149 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) The Mining Museum in Grants, New Mexico. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 504 pixelsFull resolution (1378 × 869 pixel, file size: 149 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) The Mining Museum in Grants, New Mexico. ... U.S. Route 66, (also known as Route 66, The Main Street of America, The Mother Road and the Will Rogers Highway[1]) was a highway in the U.S. Highway system. ... Cibola County is a county located in the state of New Mexico. ... Capital Santa Fe Largest city Albuquerque Area  Ranked 5th  - Total 121,665 sq mi (315,194 km²)  - Width 342 miles (550 km)  - Length 370 miles (595 km)  - % water 0. ... A cleansing jet of water designed to wash the anus of the user of this bidet-style toilet. ... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... Cibola County is a county located in the state of New Mexico. ...


Grants began as a railroad camp in the 1880s, when three Canadian brothers were awarded a contract to build a section of the new Atlantic and Pacific Railroad through the region. The Grant brothers' camp was first called Grants Camp, then Grants Station, and finally Grants. The town prospered as a result of railroad logging in the nearby Zuni Mountains, and served as a section point for the Atlantic and Pacific, which became part of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe railroad empire.


After the decline of logging in the 1930s, Grants gained fame as the "carrot capital" of the United States. Agriculture was aided by the creation of Bluewater Reservoir, and the region's volcanic soils provided ideal conditions for farming. Grants also benefited from its location on Route 66, which brought tourists and travelers and the businesses that catered to them. Alternate meanings of Route 66: New Jersey State Highway 66, Interstate 66, and a company named after the route US Highway 66 or Route 66 was and is the most famous road in the United States highway system and quite possibly the most famous and storied highway in the world. ...


Perhaps the most memorable boom in the town's history occurred when Paddy Martinez, a Navajo shepherd, discovered uranium ore near Haystack Mesa, sparking a mining boom that lasted until the 1980s. The collapse of mining pulled the town into a depression, but the town has enjoyed a resurgence based on interest in tourism and the scenic beauty of the region. Patricio Paddy Martinez (1881-1969), American prospector and sheepherder, discovered uranium at Haystack Mountain, near Grants, New Mexico in 1950. ... General Name, Symbol, Number uranium, U, 92 Chemical series actinides Group, Period, Block n/a, 7, f Appearance silvery gray metallic; corrodes to a spalling black oxide coat in air Standard atomic weight 238. ...

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Geography

Location of Grants, New Mexico

Grants is located at 35°9′19″N, 107°50′32″W (35.155269, -107.842099)GR1. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 35.4 km² (13.7 mi²), all land. Grants is on the north end of the large and recent (youngest flows around 15,000 years old) lava field of El Malpais National Monument. Nearby are the San Mateo Mountains and Mount Taylor, the highest peak in the region, and the Zuni Mountains. The region is primarily high desert country, dominated by sandstones and lava flows. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... View of the El Malpais Lava Fields El Malpais National Monument is off I-40 in western New Mexico, USA, near Cibola National Forest. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 8,806 people, 3,202 households, and 2,321 families residing in the city. The population density was 248.7/km² (644.4/mi²). There were 3,626 housing units at an average density of 102.4/km² (265.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 56.18% White, 1.62% African American, 11.97% Native American, 0.92% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 24.80% from other races, and 4.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 52.36% of the population. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 3,202 households out of which 37.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.5% were married couples living together, 17.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.5% were non-families. 24.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.06. For the record label, see Marriage Records. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 28.8% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 12.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 85.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.4 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $30,652, and the median income for a family was $33,464. Males had a median income of $31,870 versus $20,808 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,053. About 19.4% of families and 21.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.8% of those under age 18 and 11.1% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Education

All public schools in the county are operated by Grants/Cibola County Schools. Grants/Cibola County Schools is a school district based in Grants, New Mexico, United States. ...


Two elementary schools, Mesa View Elementary School and Mount Taylor Elementary School, serve Grants.


Los Alamitos Middle School and Grants High School serve Grants.


St. Teresa of Avila Catholic School is the only private accredited school in Grants and serves grades Pre-Kindergarten through Eighth Grades.


There is a branch of New Mexico State University. The branch offers a two-year postsecondary program. New Mexico State University, or NMSU, is a land-grant university that has its main campus in Las Cruces, New Mexico. ...


Communications

Radio

  • KDSK-FM (92.7 MHz)
  • KMIN-AM (980 khz)

KDSK-FM (92. ... A megahertz (MHz) is one million (106) hertz, a measure of frequency. ... A kilohertz (kHz) is a unit of frequency equal to 1,000 hertz (1,000 cycles per second). ...

Television

KRQE is a local television news station in Albuquerque, New Mexico. ... KOAT is a television station in Albuquerque, New Mexico. ...

Grants in popular culture

Author Robison Wells has stated that, in his novel On Second Thought, the fictional town of Alamitos is based on Grants, NM.[citation needed] Wells lived in Grants during the late 1990s. Robison Wells (b. ...


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  Results from FactBites:
 
Grants travel guide - Wikitravel (1532 words)
Grants is a small town in western New Mexico, United States.
Grants expanded dramatically during the 1950s as a result of the discovery of rich uranium ore in the area.
Grants itself is not a particularly notable source of art or memorabilia, but its proximity to Navajo Nation as well as Acoma, Laguna, and Zuni means that American Indian arts and crafts are widely available.
Grants, New Mexico - DesertUSA (583 words)
Grants, located in northwest New Mexico, is the gateway to a number of national parks, monuments and Native American pueblos, including Chaco Canyon, El Malpais, El Morro, Acoma-Sky City and Laguna.
Although Grants was founded in the late 1870s, people had been making this region their home since the 12th century, when the Anasazi established an advanced civilization in Chaco Canyon to the north.
Today, Grants is a growing tourist destination favored for its fishing and boating at Bluewater and Ramah lakes, its championship golf, its proximity to Anasazi ruins and its outdoor recreation in national monuments and forests.
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