There is thirty-three counties in the state of New Mexico. There were originally nine counties
formed in 1852. Santa Ana County, New Mexico Territory, one of the nine original counties, was annexed in 1876
to Bernalillo County, New Mexico.
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Quay County is a county located in the state of New Mexico. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 9,041. Its county seat is Tucumcari.
The county was named for Pennsylvania senator Matthew Quay, who supported statehood for New Mexico. It is west from the Texas state line.
Etymology - Origin of Quay County Name
Quay was named for Matthew S. Quay, United States Senator to
Pennsylvania. Senator Quay was a leader is bringing statehood to New Mexico
Quay County was created 28 January
1903. Tucumcari is the county seat. Quay was named for Matthew S. Quay, United
States Senator to Pennsylvania. Senator Quay was a leader is bringing statehood
to New Mexico Territory. Fishing is the main sports activity in the county.
Tourism plays an important role.
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,882 square miles (7,460 km2), of which 2,874 square miles (7,440 km2)
is land and 7.2 square miles (19 km2) (0.3%) is water.