January 6th, 1912....New Mexico officially became a state so Happy 111th Birthday to our lovely state!
On Statehood Day, here's some facts about New Mexico… how many of these do you know?
- At 7000 feet above sea level, Santa Fe is the nations highest capitol city (and OLDEST Capitol city)
- 1/4 Of New Mexico Is forested, and the state has 7 National Forests including the Gila, which is the largest national forest in the country at 3.3 million acres
- The Real Smokey The Bear was found trapped in a tree in a forest fire in Lincoln County, New Mexico in 1950
- The Palace Of Governors Is the Oldest Government building in the United States, built in 1610
- New Mexico has more sheep and cattle than people
- You can find Moon Rocks in New Mexico, At the International Space Hall of Fame in Alamogordo
- Truth or Consequences, New Mexico was originally named Hot Springs, they changed their name in 1950 to the name of a popular Radio Quiz Show at the time.
- New Mexico's State Constitution officially declares that we are a bilingual state (English and Spanish)
- Wheeler Peak is the state's highest location at 13,167 feet
- The Lowest Point in New Mexico is Red Bluff Reservoir at 2,842 feet
- Taos Pueblo has been inhabited for over 1,000 years!
- New Mexico has more PHDs per capita than any other state
- You can see 5 different states from the top of Capulin Volcano
- Santa Fe was founded 10 years before the pilgrims landed at Plymouth
- Blue Law...It's illegal to dance while wearing a sombrero
- 75% of New Mexico's Roads are unpaved
- Of course... we are home to the largest Balloon Festival in the world! The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta!