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On July 16, 1945, the world truly entered the Atomic Age when the United States detonated the first atomic bomb in a remote section of the Air Force base in Alamogordo, N.M. The List this week looks at 10 more fascinating tidbits about New Mexico.
- 10. A Real Nailbiter — The closest margin in the 2000 presidential election was not George W. Bush's 537-vote win over Al Gore in Florida — it was Mr. Gore's 366-vote total over Mr. Bush in New Mexico.
- 9. Brainiacs — Due to the numerous government and private research facilities in the state, New Mexico has more Ph.D.s per capita than any other state in America.
- 8. Flying Saucers — In July 1947, an unidentified flying object crashed near Roswell. The government claims it was the remnants of a weather balloon. Conspiracy theorists continue to believe that the wreckage was of a flying saucer that contained alien life and that the government perpetrated a massive cover-up.
- 7. Stairway to Heaven — The Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe contains a staircase that is an architectural marvel. The staircase, built between 1877 and 1881, makes two 360-degree turns, has no visible means of support, and contains no glue or nails. The identity of the carpenter who built the staircase remains a mystery, but some people believe it was Saint Joseph.
- 6. Hot Stuff — More chili peppers are grown in New Mexico than all other states combined. Along with the pinto bean, the chili pepper is New Mexico's official state vegetable. Both red and green chiles come from the same plant. Chiles change color from green to red as they ripen.
- 5. A Noble Vintage — New Mexico's wine industry is the oldest in North America, preceding California's by more than 100 years. Spanish settlers first brought wine grapes to the New Mexico territory in the early decades of the 17th century. Missionaries planted vines along the Rio Grande in 1629.
- 4. Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger — Most restaurants and diners in New Mexico serve a variation of the green-chile cheeseburger. Originating in New Mexico in the mid-20th century, green-chile cheeseburgers have become a national and international phenomenon. In 2009, the New Mexico Department of Tourism introduced the New Mexico Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail, a list of eateries around the state where one can find the best green-chile cheeseburgers.
- 3. Up, up and away — Albuquerque is considered the ballooning capital of the world. The world's largest hot air balloon festival, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, takes place each October. Because of its warm weather and calm winds, the area around Albuquerque has more than 300 resident balloonists, more than any other state in America.
- 2. A Foreign Attack — On March 9, 1916, Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa crossed the border and attacked the town of Columbus, killing 18 Americans. While Villa's exact reason for attacking Columbus remains unknown, his actions represented the first foreign invasion of the continental United States since the War of 1812. President Wilson ordered Gen. John J. Pershing to lead a military expedition into Mexico to capture Villa. Although Pershing did not capture Villa, his expedition marked the last time horse-mounted troops played a significant part in military operations. Trucks, automobiles and airplanes began replacing horses and mules.
- 1. Western Battlefields — In early 1862, Gen. Henry H. Sibley invaded New Mexico with the hopes of securing the military supplies and natural resources of the American Southwest for the Confederacy. Although the Confederates suffered heavy casualties, they won the Battle of Valverde. The Union put an end to the invasion of the Southwest by defeating Sibley at the Battle of Glorieta Pass, the "Gettysburg of the West." The battles of Valverde and Glorieta Pass were the western-most battles of the Civil War.
Compiled by John Sopko
Sources: PBS; The New York Times; Wikipedia; Loretto Chapel; The Associated Press; Happy Living Magazine; New Mexico Department of Tourism; Wired; Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau; the National Park Service; and the Civil War Trust.
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