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Grants is a city in Cibola County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 9,182 at the 2010 Census. It is the county seat of Cibola County.

Grants began as a railroad camp in the 1880s, when three Canadian brothers – Angus A. Grant, John R. Grant, and Lewis A. Grant – were awarded a contract to build a section of the new Atlantic and Pacific Railroad through the region. The Grant brothers' camp was first called Grants Camp, then Grants Station, and finally Grants. The new city enveloped the existing colonial New Mexican settlement of Los Alamitos and grew along the tracks of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad.

The town prospered as a result of railroad logging in the nearby Zuni Mountains, and it served as a section point for the Atlantic and Pacific, which became part of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe railroad empire. The Zuni Mountain Railroad short line had a roundhouse in town (near present day Exit 81 off Interstate 40) and housed workers in a small community named Breecetown. Timber from the Zuni Mountains was shipped to Albuquerque where a large sawmill converted the timber to wood products that were sold around the west.

After the decline of logging in the 1930s, Grants gained fame as the "carrot capital" of the United States. Agriculture was aided by the creation of Bluewater Reservoir, and the region's volcanic soils provided ideal conditions for farming. Grants also benefited from its location on U.S. Route 66, which brought tourists and travelers and the businesses that catered to them.

Perhaps the most memorable boom in the town's history occurred when Paddy Martinez, a Navajo shepherd, discovered uranium ore near Haystack Mesa, sparking a mining boom that lasted until the 1980s (see Uranium mining in New Mexico). The collapse of mining pulled the town into a depression, but the town has enjoyed a resurgence based on interest in tourism and the scenic beauty of the region[citation needed]. Recent interest in nuclear power has revived the possibility of more uranium mining in the area, and energy companies still own viable mining properties and claims in the area.

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Schools in and around Grants, NM

Name
New Mexico State University-Grants
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Public; $3,432 average out-state tuition; $1,776 average in-state tuition
Navajo Technical College
Four or more years; Public; $2,000 average out-state tuition; $2,000 average in-state tuition
University of New Mexico-Gallup Campus
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Public; $3,641 average out-state tuition; $1,454 average in-state tuition
Pima Medical Institute-Albuquerque Massage School
Less than 2 years (below associate); Private for profit
Brookline College-Albuquerque
Four or more years; Private for profit
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Public; $0 average out-state tuition; $0 average in-state tuition
National American University-Rio Rancho
Four or more years; Private for profit; $12,555 average out-state tuition; $12,555 average in-state tuition

Grants, NM Scholarships

Name Amount Deadline
Central New Mexico Section Scholarship/Scholarship Reentry-SWE $1,250 February 15, 2017
Fred R. McDaniel Memorial Scholarship $500 January 31, 2017
Marion Maccarrell Scott Scholarship Varies January 31, 2017