Currently in Santa Fe NM (Low 42 Partly Sunny High 77)
Yesterday we toured the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe New Mexico. To be honest we were mainly going there to see the scale model of the USS New Mexico. Here is a famous photo from the web showing the USS New Mexico in Tokyo Bay after WWII.
Bob had read about a 2011 exhibit at the History Museum about the USS New Mexico that included a 7' scale model built by some Sandia National Lab engineers. We were disappointed that the front desk nor a docent inside the museum knew about the scale model. We toured the museum and although it was a small one it was a good time. We first toured the history timeline of New Mexico. Here are some artifacts from the 1700s Catholic Missions, silver crucifix and candlesticks, bell, and baptismal font.
As we progressed along the timeline we saw this stagecoach.
The WWII portion of the timeline had info on the USS New Mexico which was interesting. They also had a photograph of one of the kamikazes just before it hit the ship while Jo's dad was on it. It's a picture of a picture in a darkened museum that Bob tried to brighten so we apologize for the quality.
They also had a section on Fred Harvey and his hotels and restaurants along the Atkinson Topeka and Santa Fe rail lines. We then toured the Palace of the Governors which was built in the 1600s. It served as the seat of government for the territory and then the state of New Mexico for centuries. We found it fascinating that it is the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States.
We had a great time even without the scale model and once again proves just how great this country is.
Till next time,
Bob and Jo