Ramah, New Mexico

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Ramah (Navajo: Tłʼohchiní) is a census-designated place (CDP) in McKinley County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 407 at the 2000 census.



Ramah is located at 35°8′6″N 108°29′16″W / 35.135°N 108.48778°W / 35.135; -108.48778 (35.135013, -108.487798).[1] Its altitude is 6,926 feet (2,111 m).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.8 square miles (9.9 km²), all of it land.

Surrounding countryside

Ramah was one of fifty locations settled in the New Mexico Territory under the direction of Brigham Young and is one of only three that still remain today. Ramah was first settled by the Mormons for the purpose of missionary work to be carried out in with the Zuni and Navajos neighbors. Ramah Lake was built by these same Mormon pioneers in order to farm the area around that receives little rain fall on a yearly basis, with only some degree of consistency, it was also a way for the early families in Ramah to pay for their homesteads. (The Mormons had settled railroad section that had been gifted to a Captain Carr, as a result The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints bought the land from Captain Carr for the sum of $10 per acre; ten times cost of land at the time.)[citation needed]

Ramah lies between the Zuni Indian Reservation, the Ramah Navajo Indian Reservation, and the Cibola National Forest.[3] Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, El Morro National Monument, and El Malpais National Monument are all located in the Ramah area.


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