New Mexico

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Abbreviation NM
Source: United States Postal Service - Abbreviations
Capital Santa Fe
Population 2,059,179
Source: 2010 Demographic Profile -- U.S. Census Bureau
Governor Susana Martinez (Republican, to January 2015)
Entered the Union January 6, 1912
as the 47th state
Motto Crescit Eundo (It Grows As It Goes)
Nickname Land of Enchantment
Flower Yucca
Bird Roadrunner
Song O Fair New Mexico and Asi es Nuevo Mexico
Professional Sports Teams No NFL, MLB, NBA, WNBA, MLS, or NHL teams.
(sports listing policy)
Origin of Name From the country of Mexico
Historical Sites Fort Union, Billy the Kid keepsakes at Historic Lincoln, and the Chaco Culture National Historic Park
Points of Interest Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Inscription Rock at El Morro National Monument, and the White Sands and Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monuments
Bordering States New Mexico borders Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Utah, and Arizona.
Flag New Mexico's flag

Follow these links to read articles about New Mexico from Encyclopedias and Almanacs:

Official State Links

Other State Links

  • 50states.com: New Mexico
    http://www.50states.com/newmexic.htm
    The site provides a wealth of information about New Mexico. It includes everything from the highest point to county profile to climate.
  • Things To Do in New Mexico
    http://www.thingstodo.com/states/NM/index.htm
    ThingsToDo.com is an online guide to information about New Mexico's entertainment, recreation, and travel, and includes the state's interesting facts, famous people, and special events.
  • Roadside America: New Mexico Attractions
    http://www.roadsideamerica.com/location/nm
    Roadside America describes itself as an online guide to offbeat attractions.
  • New Mexico's Cultural Treasures
    http://www.newmexicoculture.org/index.php
    This site is a database of New Mexico's museums and historic sites.
  • New Mexico Magazine
    http://www.nmmagazine.com/
    This online magazine is published in partnership with the New Mexico Tourism Department and provides information about New Mexico's multicultural heritage, arts, climate, environment, and people.
  • FedStats: MapStat: United States: New Mexico
    http://www.fedstats.gov/qf/states/35000.html
    Fast access to statistics from more than 100 federal agencies on "economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more" in New Mexico.
  • New Mexico is one of the U.S. leaders in output of uranium and potassium salts.
  • The movies Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, City Slickers, Wyatt Earp, and Young Guns were all filmed in New Mexico.
  • In 1824, New Mexico briefly became a Mexican territory, but in 1846 U.S. Gen. William Kearny's troops followed Anglo merchants down the Santa Fe Trail to occupy New Mexico, which became an American territory.
  • New Mexico's distinctive insignia (found on the state flag) is the Zia Sun Symbol which originated with the Indians of the Zia Pueblo in ancient times. Its design reflects their tribal philosophy, with its wealth of pantheistic spiritualism teaching the basic harmony of all things in the universe.

Some Famous People from this State

  • Neil Patrick Harris, the TV actor who played Doogie Howser, M.D.
  • Demi Moore, actress, was born in Roswell, New Mexico in 1962.
  • John Denver, singer.
  • Ralph Bunche, Nobel Peace Prize winner.
  • Oliver LaFarge, Pulitzer Prize Winning author.
  • William Bonney, a.k.a "Billy the Kid" is New Mexico's most infamous outlaw.