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Socorro County Extension Office


Socorro was the name conferred by Don Juan de OƱate upon a Pueblo north of the present town of Socorro, the county seat. Some friendly Indians had presented him and his troops with corn in the summer of 1598, which is why he chose the name meaning "succor" or "help." Once the largest city in New Mexico because of silver strikes nearby, Socorro today is the home of the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. The world's first atomic bomb exploded in the southeast corner of the county on July 16, 1945. The county has considerable cattle ranching.

Socorro County Extension Staff:

  • Jessica Smith - County Program Director
  • Trisha Chavez - 4-H Program Assistant
  • Lupita Rincones - Nutrition Assistant
  • Janice Bernal - Administrative Assistant
Contact information

198 Neel Avenue
Socorro, NM 87801
Phone: 575-835-0610
Email: socorro@nmsu.edu
URL: http://socorroextension.nmsu.edu

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