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Highlights of New Mexico’s 100 years of statehood

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By Jay Miller

What were the most important events of New Mexico’s first 100 years of statehood?
Mine appear below.
The State Department of Cultural Affairs has a list, available in poster form.
The New Mexico Blue Book has a list available from the Secretary of State’s Office.
1912 - Any such list must beginning with Jan. 6 when President William Howard Taft signed the statehood proclamation and Gov. William C. McDonald, a Democrat, is elected to office.
1916 - Pancho Villa_s troops raid Columbus, NM. A massive Punative Expedition into Mexico, headed by Gen. Black Jack Pershing, ensued. It involved the first tactical use of aircraft. A state park museum in Columbus tells a good story.
1926 - Route 66, the much celebrated Mother Road, from Chicago to L.A., provides many with their first view of New Mexico and gave tourism a big boost..
1928 - Oil discovered near Hobbs. The Spanish had found insufficient gold, silver and copper to make New Mexico worth much to them but oil soon became New Mexico’s biggest money maker.
1930 - Dr. Robert Goddard is convinced by Charles Lindbergh to move his rocket testing to the vast expanses of New Mexico. His many successful experiments earn him to title _father of rocketry.


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