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
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
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.
State Flag, New Mexico
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
- 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
- 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.