Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

Such a long name for a town.  Seems it is often called T or C.  That is much easier, especially for road signs.  How did this town get that name??  In 1950 Ralph Edwards was the host of a radio quiz show called Truth or Consequences.  He said he would air the program from the first town to change its name to the radio show name.  This town in New Mexico won.  Ralph Edwards visited this city the first weekend of May for the next fifty years.

This first weekend of May became a huge event called Fiesta.  There was a beauty contest, a parade and a stage show.  This celebration still happens the first weekend of May.  Some times the parade features local celebrities such as the Hatch Chili Queen.  I want to go!  I want to see the Hatch Chili Queen!

Before driving around in T or C, we drove through Elephant Butte and to Elephant Butte Lake State Park.

New Mexico State Park

New Mexico State Park

The park has New Mexico’s largest and most popular lake.

Largest New Mexico lake.  Ducks love water!

Largest New Mexico lake. Ducks love water!

You can camp, boat, water ski, swim, fish and go hiking.  What a great place.

In T or C, the McDonald’s had an outside playground.

Let's play!

Let’s play!

Does this mean they don’t get snow and ice here??  I like that idea.  As we drove through town, even the storage towers are decorated.

Art is everywhere in New Mexico

Art is everywhere in New Mexico

Love this art.  We stopped at the T or C Veteran’s Memorial and Museum.

Great memorial to our heroes

Great memorial to our heroes

This memorial honors all veterans and also honors fallen firefighters and fallen police officers.

Markers for fallen police and fallen firefighters

Markers for fallen police and fallen firefighters

I like towns that remember those that protect them and their freedom.  This is a great sign.  Designed for sun to show message on rock.

Great design for this sign

Great design for this sign

Honor the great people!

About the name of this city.  It had been called Hot Springs.  There are many natural hot springs in the area.  Hot springs are another reason I like T or C.  For more information, see www.torcchamber.com

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