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Taos, New Mexico Facts:
- County: Taos
- Coverage Area (Total): 5.4 sq. miles
- Elevation: 6,969 ft.
- Population: 5,716
- Cities/Towns covered in local Names and Numbers Phone Book: Alcalde, Amalia, Angel Fire, Arroyo Hondo, Arroyo Seco, Cañon, Carson, Cerro, Chamisal, Chamita, Costilla, Des Montes, Dixon, Eagle Nest, El Prado, Embudo, Guique, La Villita, Llano, Llano Quemado, Los Cordovas, Los Luceros, Lyden, Ohkay Owingeh, Peñasco, Pilar, Questa, Ranchos De Taos, Red River, Rio Lucio, Rodarte, San Cristobal, San Juan Pueblo, Talpa, Taos, Taos Pueblo, Taos Ski Valley, Tres Piedras, Vadito, Valdez, Velarde
In 1847, Taos was the site of the Taos Revolt during the Mexican-American War. This rebellion was staged by Hispanics and Native Americans in protest of the United States' occupation of present-day northern New Mexico. The territory officially became part of the U.S. in 1850, entered official statehood in 1912, and Taos was incorporated in 1934.
In 1899, artists began to settle in Taos and the Taos Society of Artists was formed in 1915. During this time, many paintings were created of local scenery and activities through the newly developed Taos art colony. Some of the artists' studios during this era have been preserved and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Taos Pueblo, which borders the town of Taos to the north, is considered the oldest continuously inhabited community in the United States. It is estimated to have been built between 1000 and 1450 A.D. It was added as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992, and is one of the most significant cultural landmarks in the world (along with other sites like the Taj Mahal, Great Pyramids, and the Grand Canyon).
Taos maintains a variety of attractions including: