The world's first Atomic Bomb was detonated on
July 16, 1945 on the White Sands Testing Range near Alamogordo. Designed
and manufactured in Los Alamos, the area of the first boming site is today
known as the Trinity Site.
The first gold strike in the
was made by Jose Ortiz in 1832 south of
in what would quickly become the boom town of Delores.
is known as the "Green Chile capital of the world".
Standing on the crest of
8,182-foot Capulin Volcano in Union County, you can see five states: New
More than 500, 100-million-year-old dinosaur footprints have been
identified and preserved at Clayton Lake State Park.
More than 25,000
sites have been identified in New Mexico
by archeologists. The
an amazing civilization who were the ancestors of the Pueblo, where around
for 1300 years. Their great classical period lasted from 1100-1300 AD.
has seven National Forests including the nation’s largest, 3.3 million
acre Gila National Forest which includes the Gila Wilderness. Though
many people picture
as desert terrain, ¼ of the state is actually filled with forests.
was New Mexico's
first territorial capital (for one day).
Bob Wills cut hair in a barber shop in Roy, New Mexico
in his pre-Texas
Playboys music days.
In 1950 the little cub that became the
National Fire Safety symbol, Smokey the Bear, was found trapped in a tree
when his home in Lincoln National Forest was destroyed by fire.
There are 19 Pueblo
groups in New Mexico,
speaking four distinct languages. The Pueblo people of the southwest
have lived in the same location longer than any other culture in the
the United State’s largest
American Group, with 78,000 members in
and a reservation that covers 14 million Acres.
One out of three families
in New Mexico
speak Spanish at home.
in San Miguel County, has 900 buildings in nine historic districts on the
National Registry -- more than any city in the United States!
The Cleveland Roller Mill in Mora County was
the last flour mill to be built in New Mexico,
the last to stop running and the only roller mill in New Mexico
with its original milling works.
The NRA Whittington Center in Colfax County is the most comprehensive
shooting facility in the United States with 14 ranges and service
facilities for all shooting disciplines. National Championship events are
At Lake Valley, miners discovered silver in
veins so pure that the metal could be sawn off in blocks, instead of
having to be dug out by traditional methods.
provided 21 Rough Riders to Teddy Roosevelt in 1898, most of whom were
at his side during the famed charge up San Juan Hill. The town hosted
the first Rough Riders Reunion -- attended by the soon-to-be President
himself. Reunions continued until the 1960s.
In Las Cruces, it is against the law to carry a lunch box down Main
The father of modern
rocketry Massachusetts scientist Robert Goddard whom some called a
crackpot, came to
in 1930 to test rocket-ship models. From those humble beginnings the
aerospace industry became one of New Mexico's
The world's largest
camping facility, southwest of
is where more than 18,000 scouts come from all over the world each
year to enjoy treks and a variety of programs at Philmont Scout Ranch.
After WWII Los Alamos
Albuquerque had many new laboratories. Hundreds of highly educated
Scientists and Engineers moved in the state. New Mexico
soon had a higher percentage of people with Ph.D.s than any other
it is against the law to dance around a Sombrero.
Thomas Edward "Black Jack" Ketchum is the only person hanged in
Union County. He is also the only person hanged in New Mexico
for the capital offence of "felonious assault upon a railway train."
The law was found to be unconstitutional, but after the hanging,
unfortunately for Ketchum. Poor
Black Jack is the only example in the annals of American
jurisprudence in which the culprit was decapitated during a judicial
hanging. There was one other example, in England, in 1601.
Public education was almost non-existent
in New Mexico
until the end of the 19th century. As late as 1888 there was not a
single public college or high school in the entire territory.
has far more sheep and cattle than people. There are only about 12
people per square mile.
cowboy Tom Mix chose Las Vegas,
as the filming location for some of the country's earliest westerns.
Taos Pueblo, located
two miles north of Taos, New Mexico
is one of the oldest continuously occupied communities in the United
States. People still live in some of its 900 year old buildings.
climate is so dry 3/4 of the roads are left unpaved. The roads don't wash
During the height of the so-called lawless era
of the late 1800' when Lew Wallace served as territorial Governor, he
wrote the popular historical novel Ben-Hur. First published in 1880, it
was made into a movie in 1959 starring Charleton Heston.
The town of Deming is known for its annual
DAV Vietnam Memorial in
was the nation's first memorial to soldiers who served in Vietnam.
capital city of Santa Fe was the ending point of the 800 mile
was once known as the "Cowboy capital of the world". Some of the old
west's most famous names, such as
Bill" Cody lived there. A quote from the Las Vegas Gazette
illustrates how lawless
was. "Everything is quiet in
Nobody has been killed in 3 days."