Day 3: The Tiny Town of Orogrande

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Orogrande is a tiny unincorporated community of about 50 located south of Alamogordo, New Mexico and north of El Paso, Texas along U. S. Highway 54 in Otero County in Southern New Mexico.  Orogrande is 62% female and the average age is 62 versus 38 for the state.  Orogrande is located in the Tularosa Basin near the Jarilla Mountains.  The town was established in 1905 as a mining town called "Jarilla Junction" because of its location near the Jarilla Mountains.  The name was changed to "Orogrande" (Spanish for "Big Gold") in 1906.  The discovery of gold in the area led to Orogrande rapidly growing to a population of 2000, but the population then rapidly declined when it was discovered that the gold was neither as abundant nor as high of quality as was expected.  Other mining boom towns nearby, like Brice and Ohaysi, were not as lucky as Orogrande and are now totally ghost towns with no population.  There are numerous abandoned mines in the area making for some dangerous conditions when exploring the area,  Much of the land around Orogrande falls under the jurisdiction of either the Bureau of Land Management or the Department of Defense as a part of the military reservation of Fort Bliss.  

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