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General background about the New Mexico Flag

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New Mexico's state flag consists of a red sun symbol of the Zia on a field of yellow.

  • MOTTO: "It Grows as It Goes" (Translated from Latin phrase "Crescit eundo")
  • ENTERED UNION: Jan. 6, 1912
  • FLAG ADOPTED: 1915 (Unofficial), (Revised in March, 1925)
  • COMMENTS: The State Flag of New Mexico is a modern interpretation of an ancient symbol of a sun design, the red sun symbol was called a “Zia”. The New Mexico flag was voted best U.S. state-flag design in a 2001 survey by the North American Vexillological Association.


According to New Mexico's Secretary of State Website, New Mexico historian Ralph Emerson Twitchell designed the first flag of New Mexico statehood, as authorized in 1915. It consisted of a blue field with a miniature United States flag in the upper left corner, the state’s great seal in the lower right corner and “New Mexico” embroidered diagonally across the field from the lower left to the upper right corner. The number 47 represents New Mexico as the 47th state to enter the union. There was only one made and it flew at the 1915 World's Fair in San Diego, however, it was probably never 'officially' flown in New Mexico having never been 'officially' adopted by the state.

In 1920, the New Mexico Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) advocated the adoption of a flag representative of New Mexico’s unique character. Three years later, the D.A.R. conducted a design competition, which was won by the distinguished Santa Fe physician and archeologist, Dr. Harry Mera. The doctor’s wife, Reba, made the winning flag design with a symbolic red Zia on a field of yellow. In March of 1925, Governor Arthur T. Hannett signed the legislation, which proclaimed the Mera design as the official state flag.

New mexico Flag
State Flag, New Mexico


New mexico Original Flag
Original Flag (never officially used in NM)
(image by Josh Fruhlinger, 1996)


  • In terms of percent of its total population, New Mexico has more Native Americans and Hispanic people than any other state in the lower 48 (2012 est.).
  • The largest gypsum dune field in the world is in White Sands National Monument.
  • The 'Big Room', the largest underground chamber in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, is big enough to hold six football fields.
  • The Roadrunner, New Mexico's state bird, can reach ground speeds of 15 miles per hour.
  • In 1950 the town of Hot Springs volunteered to change its name to 'Truth or Consequences'. It is the only city in the country named for a game show. In 1950, Ralph Edwards, the host of the radio quiz show Truth or Consequences, announced that he would air the program from the first town that renamed itself after the show; Hot Springs won the honor. Edwards visited the town during the first weekend of May for the next 50 years. This event was called "Fiesta" and included a beauty contest, a parade, and a stage show.
  • Santa Fe the highest capital city in the United States at 7,000 feet above sea level.


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