Harding County, New Mexico

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Harding County is a county located in the U.S. state of New Mexico. As of 2000, the population was 810, the lowest in the state. Its county seat is the Village of Mosquero.[1] The county is named for United States President Warren G. Harding, and was created (from part of Union County) on the day of his inauguration as President on March 4, 1921.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,126 square miles (5,506.3 km2), of which 2,125 square miles (5,503.7 km2) is land and 1 square mile (2.6 km2) (0.03%) is water. It is divided between a high, nearly treeless prairie to the northwest (the southern limit of the High Plains), and a lower semi-desert rangeland to the southeast, by the eastern portion of the steep and desiccated Canadian Escarpment. The Canadian River, in a deep and narrow canyon, forms the western border with Mora County; the southwest border runs along the edge of the Bell Ranch land in San Miguel County. The eastern part of Harding County is underlain in part by the Bravo Dome carbon dioxide gas field, which is commercially extracted. The county has suffered from repeated drought and consequent desertification since the 1930s.

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