More Than Just New Mexico Tidbits

I took this photo this morning in the courtyard of the Rainbow Man. It features an artist’s wire rendition of the roadrunner, New Mexico’s state bird. In the background are images of hanging chiles, which happens to be one of the largest economic crops in the state. There are many interesting facts that make our state’s history interesting. From our land mass to our population, I’m proud to say I’m a New Mexican.

Fifth Largest State & Largest Minority Majority

New Mexico is the fifth largest state in the country. It’s Alaska, Texas, California, Montana and then New Mexico. We are 121,590 square miles which makes us a huge territory. New Mexico is also the minority majority state. Meaning that there are more Hispanics on a per capita basis living in New Mexico than in any other state near or far.

Petroglyph National Monument

The Petroglyph Monument in Albuquerque has the largest number of rock engravings in the world. The Duke City (as in the Duke of Albuquerque) is bordered on every side by Indian, federal and other public lands. To the north is Sandia Pueblo. The Cibola National Forest is located east of the city, along with the Sandia Mountains. Isleta Pueblo is on the south side of Albuquerque. Out west you’ll find the Petroglyph National Monument. These barriers help to prevent the never-ending urban sprawl that has occurred in many cities in the west.

New Mexico’s Paleoamerican Culture

Dating back 11,000 years, America’s prehistoric culture was discovered near Clovis, New Mexico in the 1930s. also from prehistoric times, the coelophysis is the state’s official fossil. The small dinosaur weighed around 50 pounds and was about nine feet long when it traipsed around the state.

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