“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Santa Fe in Santa Fe County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)



—Commemorative Walkway Park —

1912 Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 18, 2014
1. 1912 Marker
Inscription. In 1906, Congress passed an act that would enable New Mexico and Arizona to become one large state. The residents in Arizona voted against the act, while the New Mexicans voted for it. It was not until 1912 that the opposing forces were reconciled and New Mexico was admitted to the Union as the 47th state. At that time, it had a population of 330,000. Shortly afterwards, the discovery of oil and gas, together with increasing tourism, opened the state for rapid expansion.
Erected 1986 by Mountain Bell (Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Company). (Marker Number 13.)
Location. 35° 41.373′ N, 105° 55.985′ W. Marker is in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in Santa Fe County. Marker can be reached from Paseo de Peralta near Otero Street. Click for map. It is in Hillside Park. Marker is in this post office area: Santa Fe NM 87501, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1926 (here, next to this marker); 1945 (here, next to this marker); 1960 (here, next to this marker); 1976 (here, next to this marker); 1982 (here, next to this marker); 1985
Tablets 13 Through 20 Are on the Raised Wall on the Left image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 18, 2014
2. Tablets 13 Through 20 Are on the Raised Wall on the Left
Marker 13 is the right-most tablet.
(here, next to this marker); To the Future (here, next to this marker); 1862 (a few steps from this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Santa Fe.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This is a list of all 21 markers on Santa Fe’s Commemorative Walkway at Hillside Park. There is a link on the list to a map of all markers on the walkway.
Also see . . .  History: Statehood. Page at the New Mexico Museum of Art website. Excerpt: “One test still remained to confirm Americans in the belief that New Mexicans were loyal and worthy sons of the republic. At the outbreak of the Spanish-American War in 1898, President William McKinley sent a telegram to Governor Miguel A. Otero, Jr., at Santa Fe, asking him to assist in recruiting stalwart young men who were good shots and good riders. Otero, the first Hispanic to serve as governor of the territory, knew he was on the spot. ‘Many newspapers in the East,’ he later told an interviewer, ‘were dubious about our loyalty we having such a large Mexican population.’ Hoping to lay suspicions to rest, Governor Otero issued a call to every town and ranch in the territory for volunteers and offered
New Mexico State Flag image. Click for full size.
Image Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
3. New Mexico State Flag
From the Wikipedia Entry: “A contest to design the new state flag was won by Dr. Harry Mera of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Mera was an archaeologist who was familiar with the Zia Sun Symbol found at Zia Pueblo on a 19th-century pot. The symbol has sacred meaning to the Zia. Four is a sacred number which symbolizes the Circle of Life: the four directions, the four times of day, the four stages of life, and the four seasons. The circle binds the four elements of four together. His winning design is the flag that the state uses today. The salutation, ‘I salute the flag of the State of New Mexico and the Zia symbol of perfect friendship among united cultures,’ was many years ago commonly recited in New Mexico public schools after the United States pledge of allegiance.”
his own services, if needed. The response from both Hispanics and Anglos was so generous that afterward Theodore Roosevelt would claim that half the officers and men of his famous Rough Riders Regiment came from New Mexico.” (Submitted on August 15, 2014.) 
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Great Seal of the State of New Mexico image. Click for full size.
Image Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
4. Great Seal of the State of New Mexico
From the Wikipedia Entry: “Crescit eundo. Translated from Latin, it means "It grows as it goes" and has been criticized for appearing strange or even nonsensical at first hearing. However, the intended effect is more clear if one considers it within the context of the epic poem De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things) by first-century B.C. Latin poet Lucretius. Here, it refers to a thunderbolt increasing in strength as it moves across the sky, referenced by the selectors of the motto as a symbol of dynamic progress.”
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 172 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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