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The community of Dora is in Roosevelt County, and in the Southeast New Mexico region. Dora is located at the junction of State Hwy's 206 and 114, south of Portales.

Dora was founded in 1905, but moved 10 years later when NM 18 (now NM 206) was built. The towns first residents was the homestead of the Lee sisters, one of whom was named Dora. The community was either named for Dora Lee or the daughter of the first postmaster, Frederick Humphrey.

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