As the state celebrates its 100th anniversary today, Los Alamos also celebrates a diverse and exciting past. Known predominately for the Manhattan Era, few outsiders know that much more occurred here over the past century than the building of the atomic bomb.
During the time of statehood, Los Alamos was occupied by only a handful of families attempting to farm and maintain ranches on the mesas. Only a few rudimentary roads traveled the precipitous paths across the steep mesas and deep canyons of the Pajarito Plateau.
Historical accounts report trips to Santa Fe and Espanola taking at least a day, sometimes requiring an overnight stop along the way - a trip that frustrates the modern traveler if it exceeds 30 minutes.