Place:Clovis, Curry, New Mexico, United States

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NameClovis
Alt namesRiley Stationsource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS35005887
Riley Switchsource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS35005887
TypeCity
Coordinates34.413°N 103.205°W
Located inCurry, New Mexico, United States
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Clovis is the county seat of Curry County, New Mexico, United States, with a population of 37,775 as of the 2010 census.

Clovis is located in the New Mexico portion of the Llano Estacado, in the eastern part of the state. A largely agricultural community it is also noted for its role in early rock music history as well as nearby Cannon Air Force Base.

It is the principal city of the Clovis Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is part of the larger Clovis-Portales Combined Statistical Area.

History

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The eastern New Mexico region was home to the prehistoric Clovis culture, an anthropologically significant early group of Native Americans. Several remains have been found at the Blackwater Draw site (south of Clovis, near Portales) which remains a historical and tourist site.

Clovis began in 1906, when the Santa Fe Railroad was being constructed through the area and railway engineers were ordered to choose a town site. At first known as Riley's Switch, it was renamed Clovis by the station master's daughter, who was studying about Clovis, the first Catholic king of the Franks, at the time. The settlement built up quickly and in 1909 was incorporated.[1]

On August 24, 2008, eight prisoners escaped from the Clovis Jail by shimmying up plumbing pipes. The escape was highlighted on the television show America's Most Wanted.

Clovis celebrated its Centennial in 2009, a century after its founding.

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