COOL SUMMER STATE: TRULY ENCHANTED: SPACESHIPS, POWWOWS, O'KEEFFE--OH, MY!

SPACESHIPS, POWWOWS, O'KEEFFE--OH, MY!

The vogue for southwestern decor and food may be as passe as the vogue for Northwestern rock bands, but New Mexico retains its grip on the national imagination, fighting off contenders like Florida (South Beach! Backyard gators!) and North Dakota (Partial site of a Coen brothers movie!) for the title of America's coolest state. Why is New Mexico still the champ? One word: Roswell.

As the many fans of Independence Day, The X-Files and alien-autopsy videos know, Roswell is the town in southeastern New Mexico famous for a UFO crash that allegedly took place in 1947; the military, so the story...

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