Background: The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. Author: Carvinrocks2

Discovering and Moving to New Mexico

Moving to New Mexico

History, Geography, Homes, and State Resources of New Mexico

New Mexico is made up of diverse areas of dry desert, snow capped mountains and forests with a varied and colorful cultural mix of American, Native American, and Spanish, Mexican, influence.

Feature some of the nation's lowest cost of living, New Mexico economy consists of industries ranging from from mineral and silver mining to agriculture and livestock

There are major natural gas and petroleum deposits in the San Juan Basin and the Permian Basin, while gas and oil production is also a major influence in economy of New Mexico. Other major New Mexico industries include tourism, along with federal expenditures at diverse military installations situated throughout the state.

In addition the state government provides technical assistance and tax credits to promote j business investment and ob growth, particularly in new technologies. These include development of laser technology,, solar energy, and, quite recently, space tourism since the Virgin Galactic Spaceport America headquarters are in Upham which is the first airline in the world to offer commercial flights out into space.

Background image; The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad (C&TS), a narrow gauge heritage railroad running between Chama, New Mexico and Antonito, Colorado. It runs over the 10,015 ft (3,053 m) Cumbres Pass. The track was originally laid in 1880 by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad. In 1970 the C&TS began to take tourists on six-hour trips between the two towns, using steam locomotives.

Francisco Vásquez de Coronado, a Spanish explorer searching for gold, traveled the region that became New Mexico in 1540–1542. In 1598 the first Spanish settlement was established on the Rio Grande River by Juan de Onate; in 1610 Santa Fe was founded and made the capital of New Mexico.

The U.S. acquired most of New Mexico in 1848, as a result of the Mexican War, and the remainder in the 1853 Gadsden Purchase. Union troops captured the territory from the Confederates during the Civil War. With the surrender of Geronimo in 1886, the Apache Wars and most of the Indian conflicts in the area were ended.

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