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New Mexico Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database


on February 16, 2020

1876 artwork by Henry Mitchell, via Wikipedia Commons

 New Mexico ranks 41st among states and provinces with markers in this database. New Mexico is a state in the United States of America located in the American Mountains. It is also in the Southwest region. New Mexico is some 122 thousand square miles in size with a population of around 2.1 million people. The state is divided into 33 counties and all of them have entries in this database. In New Mexico we have discovered historical markers in 180 cities and towns lying in 177 different ZIP Codes.

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How many historical markers are there in New Mexico? There are least 702 of them, by our count. We have cataloged 650 historical markers and 15 war memorialsóeach individually presented on 664 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. In addition, we are reasonably certain of another 52 historical markers in New Mexico that we donít yet have, and instead show on our Want List. Our correspondents have been finding and adding hundreds of markers a month to the database from all over the world, so next time you visit this page you will probably find that the numbers here have changed.

The first New Mexico marker in the database, Casa de Armijo, was added November 21, 2006. It was photographed in Albuquerque in Bernalillo County. The last one added was submitted on February 1, 2020, and titled Bosque Redondo Indian Reservation. It is near Fort Sumner in De Baca County. Keeping in mind that the erection date of many markers in the database is not known, the earliest historical marker we know of in New Mexico was erected in 1868. It was this one: To the Heroes, and one of our correspondents found it in Santa Fe in Santa Fe County on August 4, 2011.

New Mexico Historical Categories
218 • Settlements and Settlers
114 • Native Americans
63 • Women
58 • Roads and Vehicles
54 • Industry and Commerce
51 • Exploration
47 • Notable Places
42 • Forts or Castles
37 • Natural Features
37 • Churches and Religion
    ... and more ...

New Mexicans donít want to forget their Settlements and Settlers history. How do we know? Because there are more historical markers in the database from New Mexico about Settlements and Settlersó218 of themóthan about any other historical category. It is followed by Native Americans with 114 markers.

The first marker added to the database with the Settlements and Settlers category was also Casa de Armijo, added November 21, 2006. It had been erected in Albuquerque in Bernalillo County. The last one submitted was submitted on November 23, 2018, and titled Silver City Centennial. It had been erected in 1970 in Silver City in Grant County. The earliest marker erected with the Settlements and Settlers category that we have listed was erected in 1922. It was In This Plaza Were Enacted, found in Albuquerque in Bernalillo County on July 30, 2011.

Counties, Cities and Towns

The New Mexico county with the most historical markers listed in this database is Santa Fe County, with 82 of them. It is followed by Lincoln County with 61 markers. The Santa Fe area of Santa Fe County has the highest number of markers within its limits, 64. In Lincoln County the area with the most markers, 23, is Fort Stanton.

Historical Markers in These
New Mexico Counties
82 • Santa Fe County
61 • Lincoln County
46 • DoŮa Ana County
36 • Socorro County
35 • Bernalillo County
32 • Rio Arriba County
29 • Chaves County
26 • Grant County
26 • Sandoval County
22 • Taos County
    ... and more ...

Checking the database for the city or town in New Mexico with the most markers we again find Santa Fe at the top of the list with 64 markers in or near it. It is followed by Albuquerque in Bernalillo County with 30 markers. For the ZIP Code with the most markers itís 87501 at the top of the list with 53 markers in its delivery area. (ZIP Code 87501 is assigned to Santa Fe NM including the Agua Fria, Chupadero, Cuyamungue, Hyde Park Estates, Jacona, Nambe, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso Pueblo, Seton Village, and Tesuque Pueblo delivery areas.) It is followed by ZIP Code 88201 with 23 markers. (88201 is assigned to Roswell NM including the Border Hill, Elkins, Pine Lodge, and Roswell Industrial Air Ctr delivery areas.)

Historical Markers Near These
New Mexico Cities and Towns
64 • Santa Fe
30 • Albuquerque
26 • Roswell
23 • Fort Stanton
18 • Las Cruces
15 • Lincoln
13 • Taos
12 • Deming
12 • Las Vegas
12 • Socorro
    ... and more ...

Getting back to Santa Fe County, the first marker added to the database from there, San Miguel Church, was added January 6, 2008. in Sante Fe. The last one submitted was uploaded on July 9, 2018, and is titled Route 66, near Santa Fe. The earliest marker erected in Santa Fe County that we have listed was erected in 1868. It was To the Heroes, found in Santa Fe on August 4, 2011.

Latest entry from New Mexico. Click to go there
By Sandy Ballard, February 1, 2020
Latest Entry from New Mexico
“Bosque Redondo Indian Reservation”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Albuquerque. The first we touched on earlier: Casa de Armijo. The last: Dona Elena Gallegos / Elena Gallegos Land Grant added on October 15, 2018. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1922: In This Plaza Were Enacted, added on July 30, 2011.

Who Puts Up Historical Markers?

The New Mexico Historic Preservation Division is currently in charge of the familiar big, brown, log-hewn official historical markers found all over the state and the New Mexico Department of Transportation typically installs and maintains those that are roadside. They erected their first marker in 1935, and we have 237 of their markers in the database.

In addition, E Clampus Vitusónot government affiliatedóalso erected numerous historical markers in New Mexico, and we have 23 of their New Mexico markers in the database. Also, a number of counties have erected historical markers on their streets and roads and within their public areas, as have some cities and towns.

Latest entry from New Mexico. Click to go there
By Brian Anderson, May 22, 2018
A Historic Preservation Division Historical Marker

Then there are federal government agencies that put up historical markers, especially in national parks and other areas under their jurisdiction. And finally, there are the numerous public and private organizations and individuals that erect markers. Some do this as a continual endeavor, and others once in a while, to mark something, someone, or someplace they find important or interesting. When one of our correspondents comes across one that satisfies our criteria, we add it to the database.

Off the Beaten Path

Youíll find that even the smallest, least populated, or most rural areas of New Mexico have been marked with history. Check out Curry County, Harding County and Los Alamos County. We've only found, respectively, 3, 2, and 1 historical markers there. Visiting one or more of these parts of New Mexico might make for a pleasant road trip, and maybe youíll discover more historical markers while youíre there. If you do, perhaps youíll take the time to photograph them and, when you get home, become an HMdb correspondent by adding them to the database. Happy Hunting!

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