28 Facts About Santa Fe

1. Santa Fe is popular for a wide variety of outdoor activities including skiing in the Rocky Mountains, hiking, bicycle riding and fishing.

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2. Santa Fe was established in 1515 as the capital of Nuevo Mexico and recognized as a province of Spain.

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3. Santa Fe is home to a vast amount of fairs, celebrations and festivals.

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4. Santa Fe is situated in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

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5. In the eighteenth century Santa Fe remained on the periphery of the Spanish Empire, but Hispanics and Native Americans found ways to live peacefully in the capital.

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6. Santa Fe has remained New Mexico's capital city, although Albuquerque has far surpassed it as a commercial center.

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7. Santa Fe flourished as a center for trade between the United States and Mexico.

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8. At the same time, Santa Fe is a center for commerce, light industry, and science and technology.

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9. Santa Fe is located in the northern Rio Grande Valley at the southern end of the Rocky Mountains.

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10. Santa Fe was founded in either 1607 or 1609 by Don Pedre de Peralta, the third governor of the Province of New Mexico, who built the Palace of Governors and the Plaza and planned a walled city.

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11. Santa Fe has emerged as a regional medical center; St Vincent Regional Medical Center is one of the city's largest employers and serves seven counties.

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12. Santa Fe is home to several museums specializing in a variety of fields.

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13. Santa Fe is the location of the New Mexico School for the Arts, a public-private partnership, arts-focused high school.

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14. Santa Fe has had an association with science and technology since 1943 when the town served as the gateway to Los Alamos National Laboratory, a 45-minute drive from the city.

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15. Santa Fe has many museums located near the downtown Plaza:.

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16. Santa Fe is home to internationally acclaimed Flamenco dancer's Maria Benitez Institute for Spanish Arts which offers programs and performance in Flamenco, Spanish Guitar and similar arts year round.

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17. Santa Fe contains a lively contemporary art scene, with Meow Wolf as its main art collective.

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18. Santa Fe is located at 7,199 feet above sea level, making it the highest state capital in the United States.

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19. The first airplane to fly over Santa Fe was piloted by Rose Dugan, carrying Vera von Blumenthal as passenger.

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20. In the early 20th century, Santa Fe became a base for numerous writers and artists.

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21. Santa Fe was designated the capital of the US State of New Mexico in 1912.

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22. Santa Fe is the capital and fourth-most populous city of the US state of New Mexico.

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23. In 2005, Santa Fe became the first US city to be chosen by UNESCO as a Creative City, one of only nine cities in the world to hold this designation.

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24. Santa Fe was the place where the world known boxer Carlos Monzon was born and raised.

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25. Santa Fe put itself on the international sports map as one of the host cities of the 1990 FIBA World Championship.

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26. Santa Fe Springs has a variety of delicious restaurants that are sure to please any foodie's cravings, including Mexican, sandwiches and Japanese.

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27. Santa Fe Springs has a variety of delicious restaurants that are sure to please any foodie's cravings, including Mexican.

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28. Santa Fe is the capital of the state of New Mexico.

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