Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
YELLOW background and RED letters & numbers. The main license plates were yellow with red letters and numbers. The colors have been changed to teal (light blue) and red.
Alamogordo. "Trinity Site" was the location of the first test of a nuclear weapon. Conducted by the United States on July 16, 1945, on what is now White Sands Missile Range, near Alamogordo, New Mexico. It was a test of the same type of bomb as was later dropped on Nagasaki, Japan. The detonation was equivalent to the explosion of around 20 kilotons of TNT. This test is considered as the beginning of the Atomic Age.
Roswell. Roswell is most popularly known for having its name attached to what is now called the '1947 Roswell UFO Incident', even though the actual crash site was about 75 miles from Roswell. However, the investigation and debris recovery was handled by the U.S. Army (Roswell Army Air Field.)
Isotopes. After losing its longtime AAA Baseball team (Albuquerque Dukes) to Portland, Oregon, the city of Albuquerque attracted a new AAA team to play in Albuquerque. A "name the team" contest was held and the name was to be chosen by fans. By coincidence, an episode of The Simpsons ("Hungry Hungry Homer") was aired, in which Homer Simpson discovers that the his local baseball team, the Springfield Isotopes, are secretly planning to move to Albuquerque. This led fans to add the "Isotopes" name to the contest, where it won by a large margin.
"Lobos" is the nickname for the University of New Mexico. The "66er's" is a reference to the fact that old Route 66 goes through the heart of Albuquerque and is called Central Ave.
The "Isotopes" moniker is also appropriate because Albuquerque is home to Sandia National Labs, where a majority of the United States nuclear weapons are created.
Santa Fe. Santa Fe is the capital of New Mexico.
Santa Fe is the 4th largest city in New Mexico. The 2005 census estimate the population was 70,631.
The elevation of Santa Fe is nearly 7,000 feet (2,132 meters) above sea level. This makes Santa Fe, the highest state capital in terms of elevation in the U.S.
Albuquerque. Albuquerque is the largest city in New Mexico with a population of 471,856 (2003 U.S. Census estimate) and a land area of 181 square miles (2000 Census).
Founded in 1706, Albuquerque just celebrated its 300th birthday in 2006, and is nicknamed the "Duke City" after the Duke of Alburquerque (Spain).
1912. The United States Congress admitted New Mexico as the 47th state in the Union on January 6, 1912.
New Mexico became a state about a month before Arizona.
New Mexico is the 5th largest state in area, covering 121,666 square miles (315,115 sq km).
The oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States. It is believed to be the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States.
Lew Wallace, wrote "Ben Hur" in the Palace of the Governors while he was territoral governor of New Mexico. Wallace once offered amnesty to Billy the Kid, during a meeting in Lincoln County.
Billy the Kid was killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett on July 14, 1881 in vicinity of Fort Sumner, New Mexico.
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Deming. Deming, New Mexico hosts the Great American Duck Race. This event began in 1980.
|In what year did Albuquerque balloonists Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson, and Larry Newman make world history when they completed the first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in the Double Eagle II?
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1978. Their flight began in Maine and ended near Paris. The Balloon was called "The Double Eagle II", but the gondola was called "The Spirit of Albuquerque".
Sadly, Maxie Anderson was killed in a ballooning accident in Germany in 1983, and Ben Abruzzo and his wife were killed in a plane crash in Albuquerque in 1985.
Hot Springs. In 1950, Ralph Edwards hosted a television show called "Truth or Consequences". He announced that he would do a show from the first town that renamed itself after the show. The people of Hot Springs voted to rename their town, Truth or Consequences. Edwards kept true to his promise and did a show form the newly renamed town. The town kept the name.
|The 1983 NCAA Final Four was played in Albuquerque at "The Pit", the home court of the University of New Mexico Lobos. What two teams played in the National Championship game?||The 47th State: New Mexico Part 2
North Carolina State & Houston. On April 4th, 1983, North Carolina State upset Houston 54-52 to win the NCAA basketball title. The late Jim Valvano coached N.C. State.
Georgia and Louisville rounded out the Final Four teams that played in "The Pit".