The New Mexico StoppingPoints guide displays and pinpoints nearly 1,200 markers within the state, including properties in the National Register of Historic Places. Most markers are grouped and mapped by city, county, and also individually, allowing history researchers and hobbyists to easily locate them when visiting "The Land of Enchantment"
Iconic Historical Sites - New Mexico: Belen Hotel, Montezuma Castle, Aztec Motel
The simple map pages allow for browsing the NM markers in major cities such as Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Roswell and Las Cruces - viewing the historic sites dynamically pinpointed.
Bill Lawson, Editor-in-Chief for StoppingPoints.com, stated "We believe the New Mexico historical site guide is one of the most comprehensive guides of the state anywhere, and easily superior to the state's own Tourism Department site which suffers from numerous spelling mistakes, grammar errors and poor usability."
"New Mexico's historical markers highlight some of the most interesting sites from the early history of America. The mixture of Spanish history, Native American Indian history, frontier justice, sagas of outlaws and gunslingers, along with beautiful southwestern vistas all combine to make New Mexico an important place that is highly evocative of the venerable Old West."
The new section allows users to navigate by New Mexico counties and cities in order to view the maps pinpointing historical markers in each area. The historical sites are pinpointed throughout the state by dozens of small, reddish-brown "NM" marker icons, such as for the page for Albuquerque:
Some of the most fascinating markers include Billy the Kid's Grave, prehistoric pueblos, sites related to Kit Carson, and places along Historic Route 66. The Rio Arriba County page testifies to the great variety of historical and cultural sites in New Mexico such as the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Train, The Foster Hotel, The Pueblo of Picuris, Grottos, and old Fort Lowell.
The New Mexico content is the first time that StoppingPoints has incorporated data from the National Register of Historic Places, and directly after the launch of another entertaining widget, "Famous Last Words", which webmasters may take to use on their own blogs and websites. The New Mexico section is also the first time that StoppingPoints has incorporated tags -- a method for including folksonomic keyword content -- within site pages.
"These features are very important to internet users," said Lawson. "We're combining multiple technologies such as microformats, tagging, and Google Maps to provide a feature-rich and easily navigable internet experience. We try to make complex information intuitive to access and use."
StoppingPoints will continue to enhance and expand the New Mexico history data and innovative site features. Upcoming features will likely include tools for users to add comments, questions, and data to the site and features allowing individuals to record cemetery gravestone information (in support of genealogical research).