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5 Fun Facts About June 24 In New Mexico History

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1. The Battle of La Mesa - On June 24, 1861, Confederate forces defeated Union troops in the Battle of La Mesa, which took place near Mesilla, New Mexico. This marked one of the first major engagements of the Civil War in the Southwest.

2. First Electric Streetcars in Albuquerque - June 24, 1904, was the first day that electric streetcars were used in Albuquerque. This marked a significant improvement in transportation infrastructure and boosted the city's economy.

3. Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Established - President Barack Obama declared the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in New Mexico on June 24, 2014. This protected 496,330 acres of public lands, including cultural and natural resources.

4. The Truchas Peaks Wildfire - On June 24, 2000, the Truchas Peaks Wildfire spread through northern New Mexico, burning over 15,000 acres of forest land. This was one of the most devastating wildfires in the state's history.

5. Solar Energy Production in New Mexico - On June 24, 2019, New Mexico reached a new record of solar energy production. According to the state's energy department, solar power provided 27% of the state's electricity during one day, which highlights the importance of renewable energy to New Mexico's economy and environment.
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