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Who Was Old Mrs. Coonie?

Old Mrs. Coonie may not sound much like the name of a warrior, but that’s exactly what she was. She survived some of the greatest trials that can be imagined, lost her loved ones, and refused to give up her unique personality in favor of English ways. But long before …
Who Was Little Sister Lozen?

The Land of Enchantment has been home to some of the most fascinating and intriguing women going as far back as the Ancient Chacoans. But have you ever heard of Little Sister Lozen of the Apaches? Born a Rebel in Apacheria When Lozen entered the world, it was a much …
Follow the Trail of Billy the Kid

Undoubtedly the most infamous outlaw in New Mexico, Billy the Kid made his way around the state during the late 19th century, often leaving misfortune, tragedy, and heartache in his wake. Although little is known about his life before he began his run-ins with the law, it is believed he …
Explore the Beauty and Culture of the Acoma Pueblo

Embark on a historic path built long ago atop a great sacred mesa, where the Acoma Pueblo made their home. This site will take you off the beaten path through a breathtaking valley displaying unique rock formations, where you’ll arrive at a place unlike any other. In this sanctuary, dubbed …
New Mexico's Top 10 Most Unique Finds

We know what makes New Mexico great—the chile, the beautiful landscape, the people, and the list goes on. But what lies underneath the surface is a state full of unique and mysterious history, oddities, and the off the beaten path finds. It’s not just the landmarks that make the state …
The Beautiful and Unstoppable Silver City Millie

Silver City Millie is an inspirational and intriguing figure who triumphed over significant diversity and made a name for herself by thriving in spite of her difficult circumstances. Interestingly enough, she isn’t best remembered for her career as a beautiful prostitute and wildly successful entrepreneur, but for her kindness, loving …

Shrewd, charming, fiercely independent, beautiful wealthy, powerful, respected. These are the words used to describe Madame La Tules, a successful businesswoman in the 1800’s, ahead of her time. But not everyone respected her success or the business that created it. Rumors and gossip abounded among Americans, outside of her elite …
Is the Los Lunas Mystery Stone a Hoax?

The Los Lunas Mystery Stone is a boulder inscribed with what appears to be an ancient text. It’s also called the Decalogue Stone and Commandment Stone because many people believe that it’s actually a version of the Ten Commandments, though others disagree. In fact, the scientists who study the rock …

It wasn’t the first time I’d stood in front of an O’Keeffe painting.  There was the one at the Panhandle Plains Museum in Canyon, Texas and of course all those at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe.  This one, at the Harwood Museum in Taos, seemed special though. 1929. …
nicknames new mexico

You probably know that New Mexico is the Land of Enchantment. But did you know that the state has collected a number of other nicknames over the years? It’s been called The Land of the Heart’s Desire, the Land Without Law, The Science State, The Space State, The Atomic State, …