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Gallup is a town in the state of New Mexico in the United States of America. Located on I-40 and the former Route 66, Gallup is an important gateway to the Navajo Nation and other nearby attractions. Gallup itself is noted for its numerous trading posts and Indian-themed gift shops, as well as an abundance of natural scenery surrounding town.

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  1. With more than 30 pounds of green chili, Gallup, holds the world record for the world’s largest Navajo taco.
  2. The city was founded in 1881 as a railhead for the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad, and named after David Gallup, a paymaster for the railroad.
  3. Gallup is known as the "Heart of Indian Country" because it is in the middle of the Navajo reservation and home to many tribes.
  4. USS Gallup, name of two ships in the United States Navy, are both named for the city of Gallup.
  5. The historic El Rancho Hotel & Motel has hosted a numerous array of movie stars including John Wayne, Ronald Reagan, Humphrey Bogart, Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Joan Crawford, Kirk Douglas, Doris Day, Gregory Peck, and Burt Lancaster.

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