Santa Fe, New Mexico

So, for whatever reason, we’re here in Santa Fe for a month. This was the first pick (of the parents, not the kids), so we’ve got a month here. Christmas and New Year’s were celebrated here.

On Christmas Eve, it was obvious we were going to have a snowy Christmas. We woke up to snow. It snowed all day long, and we went caroling in the snow. It was fun.

Something special to Santa Fe around Christmas time is the luminarias. These are real candles inside of brown bags, and the streets are usually lined with them at Christmastime.

There are so many other things to tell, you, so I guess I’ll start with the history of Santa Fe.

Santa Fe, New Mexico was founded in 1610 by Pedro de Peralta. The full name of Santa Fe is La Villa Real de Santa Fe de San Francisco de Asís, which in English means The Royal Village of Holy Faith of Saint Francis of Assisi. Santa Fe became the capital of New Mexico in 1851, 3 years after New Mexico became a state. Since Santa Fe was built in 1610, that makes it the oldest state capital in the US, and the third oldest city in the US, after St. Augustine, Florida, and Jamestown, Virginia with now 410 years as a city. Santa Fe had a population of 83,776 as of 2017, making it the fourth largest city in New Mexico. It covers 37.41 square miles, and is 7,199 feet (2194 meters) above sea level, making it also the highest capital in the US. In 1680, 70 years after the founding of Santa Fe, the Pueblo people organized a revolt that put them in control of what would become New Mexico for 12 years. 400 people were killed in the revolt, including 21 priests. In 1692, Don Pedro De Vargas re-conquered the New Mexico area. In 1846, the US declared war on Mexico. Two years later, the US officially gained New Mexico. Santa Fe overtook Española as the capital of New Mexico in 1851, and has been the capital ever since.

Now, enough with the history. Some fun things we did were go to the public library. It has quite a bit of books, and I would be happy with it.

Another thing we did was go to this huge dog park (Frank S. Ortiz dog park) that used to be a Japanese internment camp.

Here’s the plaque explaining the internment camp.

We also hiked to the memorial for the 21 priests that died in the Pueblo Revolt. It was sad, but also interesting.

This is the start of the hike to the memorial. It was a nice, short one.
You can see the cross in the background.

A few other interesting facts are that Santa Fe is surrounded by mountains. I think they’re called the Sangre de Cristo Mountains (which means blood of Christ). Here’s a picture on our back porch.

There are mountains like this all around us.

We saw a few places that were cool also, like the old cathedral and the governor’s house that got turned into a museum and a marketplace for Native American crafts. Here are some pictures of them.

Anyway, that’s all for now. I hope you enjoyed reading about Santa Fe. Here are some extra pictures.

Gingerbread house making! They all broke the day after.

Well, that’s all for now. Until next time, goodbye.

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