Los Alamos, New Mexico

  • Looking east on the road into Los Alamos
  • Looking west on the road into Los Alamos
  • Near the upper end of Los Alamos Canyon

Los Alamos, the birthplace of nuclear weaponry. This is a city that was filled with people but officially didn't exist for many years. So many scientists, so much secrecy and security, so much money and so many lies. I say that and I also know that there was so much positive research and development done here but nearly all of it was over-shadowed by the weaponry research. I speak of the Lab because if there was no Los Alamos National Laboratory, there would be no Los Alamos.

The city of Los Alamos is busy and prosperous. In driving around the residential sections you can't help but notice that this was originally a military base: there's converted barracks everywhere. There's been lots of new housing built also, but for many years, the federal government kept a stranglehold on land to develop housing on. Then I remember that fateful day several years ago when the US Forest Service decided to do a "controlled burn" in the Jemez Mountains just west of Los Alamos: a hot, dry day with the wind doing 30 and gusting to 60 (ideal conditions for a "controlled burn", right?) And they burned a pretty good chunk of the city, mostly in the newest neighborhoods. That was the Cerro Grande Fire of 2000. There was another major forest fire that burned right up to the southern Los Alamos city limits in 2011.

For these photos, I drove into town in the afternoon on a beautiful day in early March. It was shift change time so the traffic was pretty heavy. Once I parked my vehicle, I took photos of what I was interested in but trying to move to another location in town for more wasn't going to happen: I wanted to get to the White Rock Overlook before it got too dark anyway. So there's no photos of the Lab itself here, partly because of the security guards, the traffic and the changes in the roads in town to accommodate even more security. Things I would have taken photos of were, consequently, hard to get to. I'll be back.

I did stop at Fuller Lodge, that place in the center of Los Alamos where Robert Oppenheimer spent some time as a teenager. It was the time he spent at the Fuller Lodge Boys Camp that made him suggest Los Alamos as the place where the Manhattan Project could best be carried out in total secrecy during World War II.

Technically, Los Alamos is an incorporated city/county that includes White Rock. Instead of a city council there is an elected county council that runs everything from the "town" offices in Los Alamos.

Bradbury Science Museum
The Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos
Los Alamos, New Mexico
The view west from the East Entrance to Los Alamos
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Ashley Pond in Los Alamos Central Park
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Refurbed barracks from World War II era, these are all over town
Fuller Lodge, Los Alamos, New Mexico
Part of Fuller Lodge
Fuller Lodge
The main part of Fuller Lodge
Los Alamos History Museum
Los Alamos History Museum
Fuller Lodge
Fuller Lodge
Fuller Lodge
The Art Center at Fuller Lodge
Fast Facts about Los Alamos, New Mexico
Los Alamos, Los Alamos County, NM 87544, 87545
Latitude: 35.8911°N
Longitude: 106.2977°W
Incorporated: 1942
Elevation: 7,320'

High School or Higher: 96.4%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 62.1%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 37.3%
Cost of Living Index for Los Alamos: 98.3

2014 Estimates:
Median Household Income: $92,360
Median Home Value: $312,070
Median Resident Age: 40.2 Years
Major Industries:
Government, Educational Services, Professional Services, Health Care, Construction, Lodging & Food Services, Social Services, Waste Management Services, Finance & Insurance Services
Unemployed (August 2014): 3.3%
Population Demographics: 2010
Total Population 12,019
Males 6,051
Females 5,968
Population by Age
Under 18 2,854
18 & over 9,165
20-24 354
25-34 1,295
35-49 2,685
50-64 2,957
65 & over 1,688
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino 1,757
Non Hispanic or Latino 10,262
Population by Race
White 10,326
African-American 75
Asian 862
Native American 102
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 8
Other 303
Two or more 343