Monday, February 1, 2010

Fun Facts...Trying To Be Positive

Albuquerque, was founded in 1706 as a Spanish farming community. It was named after a province in Spain, Alburqurque.

Elevation of 5312 feet makes it the highest metropolitan city in America.

6th fastest growing city in America.

Hot Air Balloon Capital of the world, a minimum of 400 hot air balloons from all over the world compete.

Encompasses a metropolitan population of about 500,000.

Within a day's drive are nine national monuments (Aztec Ruins, Bandelier, Capulin Mountain, Salinas, Ft. Union, El Morro, Pecos, White Sands, and Gila Cliff Dwellings), and a national park (Carlsbad Caverns National Park).

The five extinct volcanoes, which appear on the horizon west of Albuquerque, are rare and distinctive landmarks.

Approximately 40% of the uranium reserve in the United States is found in deposits 70 miles west of Albuquerque.

Native Americans have been living in New Mexico for some 20,000 years. The Pueblo, Apache, Comanche, Navajo, and Ute peoples were in the New Mexico region when Spanish settlers arrived in the 1600’s.

On the same desert grounds where today’s space age missiles are tested, ten thousand year old arrowheads have been found. New Mexican history has ranged from arrows to atoms and has embraced Indian, Spanish and Anglo cultures. Few states can claim such a distinctive past.

1/4 of New Mexico is forested, and the state has seven National Forests including the Nation’s largest, the 3.3 million acre Gila National Forest.

Nuclear capital of the United States. Much of the nation's nuclear research program is conducted or supervised here.

Location for the Federal Aviation Air Route Traffic Control Center responsible for air traffic in a five-state area.

The Sandia Mountains at the eastern edge of Albuquerque are the first to be encountered west of the Mississippi River.

310 days of sunshine, a mild, dry climate and four distinct seasons.

47/27 January
54/23 February
61/33 March
70/41 April
79/50 May
89/59 June
92/64 July
89/63 August
82/56 September
71/44 October
57/31 November
48/24 December