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New Mexico is a state in the southwest portion of the United States of America, and borders Mexico. Home to many different Native American tribes, the land was part of Mexico, before the territory was ceded to the United States in 1848. In the early twentieth century, New Mexico was sparsely populated, and its economy was most known for ranching and mining. States that border New Mexico include Arizona, Colorado, Texas and Oklahoma.[1]

Adventures in New Mexico[]

Indiana Jones visited the state several times in his youth, primarily to visit with his Aunt Grace and cousin Frank, who lived there. Around 1905, he visited their ranch and rode his first pony.[2]

In the spring of 1916, Indy and his father traveled to New Mexico to stay with Grace and Uncle Fred. Telling their parents they were going camping, Frank and Indy traveled south to Columbus, to cross the border and visit a bordello, but unfortunately, Indy ended up captured by Pancho Villa's men.[3]

In 1947, an unidentified flying object crashed near Roswell, and Dr. Jones was summoned by the military to help investigate the corpse, in a top secret operation.[4]

Behind the scenes[]

New Mexico was also the shooting location for some scenes of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. In the movie, however, the location of these scenes is indicated as being Nevada.



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