Here Are Some Of The Oldest Photos Ever Taken In New Mexico And They’re Incredible

Quick quiz. Which came first — practical use of photography or New Mexico? You might know that New Mexico gained statehood in 1912. Photography, as you might have guessed, started a lot earlier. It got its practical start in 1839, with the invention of the daguerreotype camera.

As photographic technology advanced, cameras made their way west. Only in New Mexico scoured our resources to find some of the earliest images of New Mexico — all before statehood.

What did you think about these photos? Does anything look familiar?

For more photos from the past, check out these 16 Rare Photos From New Mexico That Will Take You Straight To The Past.