Farmington, New Mexico

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Farmington (Navajo: Tótaʼ) is a city in San Juan County, New Mexico. As of the 2000 U.S. Census, this city had a total population of about 37,844 people. Farmington (and surrounding San Juan County) also makes up one of the four Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA's) in New Mexico. The U.S. Census Bureau's population estimate in 2006 for Farmington was about 43,573.[1] Farmington is located at the junction of the San Juan River, the Animas River, and the La Plata River, and it is located on the Colorado Plateau in northwestern New Mexico. Farmingtion is the largest City -- and one of only significant towns -- of San Juan County, a huge county of 5,538 square miles - one of the largest counties in the United States. Its county seat and the other city in San Juan County is Aztec. Farmington does serve as the commercial hub for most of northwestern New Mexico and the Four Corners Region of four states. Farmington lies at or near the junction of three important highways U.S. Highway 550, U.S. Highway 64, and New Mexico Highway 371.

The primary industries of San Juan County are in the mining of petroleum, natural gas, and coal. Major coal mines are operated by the BHP Billiton Company 15 to 19 miles (24 to 31 km) southwest of Farmington, and the coal mined there is used mostly for fuel for the nearby Four Corners Power Plant to produce electric power. A new coal-fired power plant was proposed for the same area in 2006, but nothing seems to have come of this notion as of 2010.

Farmington is known across New Mexico and throughout the southwest for its baseball tournaments, and the Ricketts Ball Park is the home of the Connie Mack World Series.[2] Farmington High School claimed the AAAA Baseball State Championship four years in a row from 2005 through 2008. [3]

The site of an underground nuclear detonation in 1967 called Project Gasbuggy, a part of the defunct Operation Plowshare, was located in the Carson National Forest and was about 50 miles (80 km) east of Farmington and about 25 miles (40 km) south of Dulce, New Mexico. This pilot project of Operation Plowshare was an attempt to fracture a large volume of underground bedrock in order to make more natural gas available for extraction by gas wells.

The Navajo Indian Reservation is west of Farmington, the Ute Mountain Indian Reservation is to the northwest, and the Southern Ute Indian Reservation is to the northeast of Farmington. Historic Native American ruins are located nearby. The Aztec Ruins National Monument and the Salmon Ruins are ancient dwellings located just to the northeast and the east of Farmington. Mesa Verde National Park is about 40 miles (64 km) to the northwest, and Chaco Culture National Historical Park is about 50 miles (80 km) to the southeast.

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