Happy New Mexico Day!

To the recent Happy New Mexico Day. . .

Happy National New Mexico Day ! !

Which Western State was NM:
The Beginning Years: It is believed that the history of New Mexico, based on archaeological evidence that varying cultures of humans occupied the area of New Mexico for multiple millennia through artifacts, architecture, and the assets of some written records. Earlier people migrated from northern areas of southward through North America after leaving Siberia via the original Bering Land Bridge. The first written records of the region were through 16th century Spanish conquistadors, who encountered Native American Pueblos. After those days, the Athabaskans-Apachean occupied in unison with those tribes after that, and then the Spanish Empire occupied for hundreds of years before they lost the land by becoming part of Chihuahua, Mexico. The Mexican–American War happened by the year 1846, and then the United States in acquired the lands on New Mexico through the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo (1848) in the year 1848. 

More History: The state of New Mexico went through the “Gilded Age” in the 1850’s, with a romantic Catholic age aspired by the Vatican appointed Jean-Baptiste Lamy. In 1881 the legend Billy the Kid was shot and killed in New Mexico. The railroads went through in the 1870’s, and the area of New Mexico grew very rapidly from the 1880’s to the 1910’s. By the year 1912, statehood for New Mexico was achieved, and being one of the newer states in the United States, there is not a long list of major events. But by the year 1945, the first atomic bomb is detonated in New Mexico. Then in 1947, a UFO supposedly crashed landing near the Roswell area.

Climate of New Mexico: New Mexico’s climate consists of a mild, arid to semiarid, continental climate that is characterized by light precipitation totals, abundant sunshine, low relative humidity, and relatively large annual and daytime to nighttime temperature range. The highest mountains have climate characteristics known to be common to the Rocky Mountain region. from 10°F to 90°F and is rarely below −4°F or above 101°F. New Mexico’s average annual temperature is in the mid 50°s F, with extremes ranging from a near 120°F on a hotter summer daytime reading, to near −50°F on a colder nighttime winter reading.

The Great Location of New Mexico: New Mexico is an expansive, mildly sparse in population, southwestern dessert U.S. state that is located at the southern beginning of the Rocky Mountains that goes deep into the interior of Canada. New Mexico is between Colorado to the north, Oklahoma to the east, Texas to the east and south, the country of Mexico to the south, and Arizona to the west. The only four-corners conjunction of states in the United States is located at the northwest corner of the state of New Mexico, joining the state with Colorado, Utah, and Arizona.


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New Mexico’s Statehood Facts:

  • Date: 1/6/1912
  • Capital: Santa Fe
  • Population: 2,116,000 (2021)
  • Size: 121,697 square miles
  • Nickname: Land of Enchantment
  • State Motto: Crescit eundoe (It grows as it goes)
  • Tree: Piñon Pine (Pinus Edulis) or the Two Needle Piñon
  • Flower: Soaptree Yucca (Yuca Elata)
  • Bird: Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx Californianus)

The History:

New Mexico Officially Adopted as a U.S. State, State Song, Admission Date & New Mexico Flag
State Name Info
State Song
Capital Flag Image
47th State. New Mexico Territory
“South of Santa Fe” by Brooks & Dunn
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See: Officially Adopted as a U.S. States, State Songs, Admission Dates & Flags at: National States And Capitals Day! – 2022 US State's Flags '22.jpg

Some Great New Mexico Sites:  Here is a list of some some great places to visit while in New Mexico:

  • White Sands National Park, Alamogordo
  • Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Albuquerque
  • Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos
  • Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe
  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Carlsbad
  • Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Nageezi
  • New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, Albuquerque
  • Cumbres-Toltec Scenic Railway, Chama
  • Loretto Chapel, Santa Fe
  • Sandia Peak Ski & Tramway, Albuquerque
  • Petroglyph National Monument, Albuquerque
  • Taos Pueblo, Taos
  • Santa Rosa Blue Hole, Santa Rosa
  • Pecos National Historical Park, Pecos
  • Very Large Array, Socorro
  • Billy the Kid Museum, Fort Sumner
  • Wheeler Peak Wilderness, Taos Ski Valley
  • International UFO Museum and Research Center, Roswell
  • ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden, Albuquerque
  • Four Corners Monument, Teec Nos Pos
  • Cliff’s Amusement Park, Albuquerque
  • Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu
  • Meow Wolf, Santa Fe
  • Wildlife West Nature Park, Edgewood
  • The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, Albuquerque

Memorable New Mexico Events:  Here is a list of some events that happened in New Mexico:

  • 1540 – Spanish conquistador Francisco Vazquez de Coronado arrives and claims the land for Spain.
  • 1598 – New Mexico becomes an official colony of Spain.
  • 1610 – The settlement of Santa Fe is established.
  • 1680 – The Pueblo people revolt against the Spanish.
  • 1706 – The city of Albuquerque is established.
  • 1821 – New Mexico becomes a province of Mexico after Mexico declares independence from Spain.
  • 1821 – The Santa Fe Trail is opened by William Becknell.
  • 1846 – The start of the Mexican-American War.
  • 1848 – The U.S. gains control of New Mexico as a result of winning the Mexican-American War.
  • 1850 – The New Mexico Territory is established by the United States.
  • 1863 – The Long Walk begins as the Navajo are forced to relocate.
  • 1881 – Billy the Kid is shot and killed.
  • 1912 – New Mexico is admitted as the 47th state.
  • 1945 – The first atomic bomb is detonated in New Mexico.
  • 1947 – A UFO supposedly crash lands near Roswell.


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2 thoughts on “Happy New Mexico Day! – 2023

  1. Happy New Mexico Day! – 2023. I drove across the state many years ago twice. And plan on going back and really seeing the state one day.

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