As of this afternoon, John and Tyler have biked  798.6  miles.  Tyler and Kipp have walked 152.43 miles.  The Journey continues!

New Mexico has a long and fascinating history, beginning in 25,000 BC with the Sandia People who left the earliest evidence of human existence in what is now New Mexico.  There is so much to learn from a website we found that we hope you will explore: http://www.newmexicohistory.org/home_html.php

In this post we will give you a few facts to whet your appetite for more!

New Mexico became the 47th state on January 6th, 1912, less than six weeks before Arizona was proclaimed the 48th.

New Mexico is a leading mining state with natural gas and various ores among its key mineral products.

New Mexico is the country’s top producer of chili peppers!

Zuni Pueblo, the largest of New Mexico’s pueblos, is home to more than six thousand.

Bandelier National Monument was created in 1916 to preserve  the homes of the Ancestral Pueblo Peoples. It is named after Swiss anthropologist Adolph Bandelier, who researched the cultures of the area.  The National Park Service co-operates with surrounding Pueblos, other federal agencies and state agencies to manage the park, which has more than 300,000 visitors annually.

Artist Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) was of Italian descent.  Much of her art was inspired by the high mountains and desert around Santa Fe and Taos. You can learn much more at: http://www.okeeffemuseum.org/about-georgia-okeeffe.htm

In 1908 George McJunkin, an African-American cowboy, discovered a bone pit near Folsom that would revolutionize the scientific thinking of the time by proving that humans had been in North America for at least ten thousand years.

“The New Mexico Constitution is a unique governance document that reaffirms the cultural diversity of the state and its varied history. In Article II, Section 5, for example, the “Bill of Rights,” there is a guarantee of additional rights (beyond those already guaranteed by the federal constitution).  ‘The rights, privileges and immunities, civil, political and religious guaranteed to the people of New Mexico by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo shall be preserved inviolate.’  While the constitution does not specify, it just says “guaranteed to the people of New Mexico,” the guarantee is for the benefit of the Mexican citizens who resided in New Mexico in 1848. There are other sections in the Constitution that likewise reflect this uniqueness and the multi-cultural facets of New Mexican history.”  Please follow this link to learn much more about New Mexico’s unique history: http://www.pbs.org/kpbs/theborder/history/interactive-timeline.html

Octaviano Ambrosio Larrazolo was born in the State of Chihuahua, Mexico, December 7, 1859, moving with his family to Tucson, Arizona in 1870.  He became a lawyer and was elected Governor of New Mexico in 1918.  You can read much more about his life at:

http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=L000101

In 1935 Dennis Chavez became a United States Senator.  Born in 1888 as Dionisio Chavez, his life spanned the time when New Mexico became a state, and he was active in state and national politics for many years.  We hope you will read more about his life and career:  http://www.dennischavez.org/archives/view/56/index.html

And, of course, there is so much more!   

 

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