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Celebrations expected to stretch through next 12 months

By Jay Miller

Most New Mexicans likely are aware that New Mexico celebrates its 100th birthday on Jan. 6.
Few New Mexicans, at this point, seem aware that the centennial celebration already has started.
That’s the way it usually happens. To avoid a one-day celebration, start early and keep it going for a year or more.
New Mexico is no exception. Gov. Susana Martinez kicked off the festivities in Las Cruces back on Aug. 28.
That was followed by an executive order on Sept. 1 directing all state agencies to promote the centennial.
Union Pacific is adding to the celebration by sending one of its vintage locomotives steaming through New Mexico Nov. 4-9 from Tucumcari to Lordsburg.
We know that special ceremonies were planned in those communities and we’ve seen that Alamogordo also had a celebration last Sunday when the steam engine came through.
The train is scheduled to be in Lordsburg today, Nov. 9, before continuing on through Arizona, which is celebrating its centennial also. Arizona became a state Jan. 14, 1912.
Railroads reached New Mexico at Raton in 1878. By 1880, they had reached Santa Fe, ending commerce on the Santa Fe Trail.

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