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5 Fun Facts About February 3 In New Mexico History

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1. On February 3, 1847, the Battle of Santa Cruz de Rosales took place during the Mexican-American War. American troops, led by Colonel Sterling Price, defeated Mexican forces in a decisive victory.

2. In 1912, New Mexico became the 47th state in the United States on February 3.

3. The Fred Harvey Company opened the Alvarado Hotel in Albuquerque on February 3, 1902. It was a luxurious hotel that became a popular destination for tourists traveling on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway.

4. On February 3, 1924, the town of Las Vegas, New Mexico suffered a devastating fire that destroyed much of the downtown area. It became known as the "Las Vegas Fire."

5. The artist Georgia O'Keeffe, known for her iconic paintings of the American Southwest, moved to the Ghost Ranch in New Mexico on February 3, 1949. She lived and worked there for many years, and the landscape inspired many of her most famous pieces.
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