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5 Fun Facts About July 28 In New Mexico History

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1. On July 28, 1862, the Battle of Fort Craig took place during the Civil War. Confederate forces attacked Union troops at Fort Craig near Socorro in an attempt to gain control of the Rio Grande Valley.

2. In 1915, the first section of the Roosevelt Military Road was opened in southeastern New Mexico. The road was built to improve access to the region's military training grounds during World War I.

3. The State Fair of New Mexico began on July 28, 1938, in Albuquerque. The fair features a variety of activities including rodeos, concerts, livestock shows, and carnival rides.

4. The Jemez Mountains became part of the Santa Fe National Forest on July 28, 1954. The mountain range is located northwest of Albuquerque and is a popular destination for hiking, camping, and fishing.

5. On July 28, 1976, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta was founded. The event is the largest hot air balloon festival in the world and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
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