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The county seat of New Mexico's McKinley County is Gallup. It was founded in 1881 and intended to be a terminus for the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad. It was named in honor of a paymaster for the railroad, David Gallup. A large portion of the population of Gallup is Native American, largely Hopi, Navajo, and Zuni. During World War II, the United States government wanted to put a Japanese internment camp designed to hold 800 Japanese citizens in captivity in Gallup, but they fought successfully to prevent that from happening. Though the town began its life involved in the railroad and mining industries, it now survives on tourism.

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