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5 Fun Facts About March 3 In New Mexico History

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1. On March 3, 1915, the National Old Trails Road was dedicated in New Mexico. This historic road stretched from Maryland to California and passed directly through New Mexico, linking the East Coast to the West Coast.

2. In 1933, The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was established in New Mexico. This federal program provided jobs and training for young men during the Great Depression, and helped to build and maintain numerous parks and recreational areas throughout New Mexico.

3. On March 3, 1943, the town of Artesia, New Mexico was rocked by a massive explosion at the Titan II oil refinery. The blast killed 6 people and injured many more, causing widespread damage to the surrounding area.

4. In 1966, New Mexico State University hired its first African American faculty member, Dr. Jefferson Edmonds. This was a groundbreaking moment in New Mexico's history, as it marked a significant step towards greater diversity and inclusivity in higher education.

5. On March 3, 2019, the New Mexico state legislature passed a bill officially legalizing recreational marijuana use in the state. This move made New Mexico the 11th state in the U.S. to legalize marijuana for recreational use, and had major implications for the state's economy and criminal justice system.
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