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Official N.M. State Highway Department Road Maps

The New Mexico State Highway Department published official state road maps in small numbers at least as far back as 1914, then in larger quantities beginning about 1925. The covers of those from 1930 through 1938 were graced with particularly attractive art work. With the hope of attracting tourists and their money, the maps were mailed out free in vast numbers to anyone requesting them. (Because of conservation measures implemented during World War II, no maps were issued during the three war years of 1943-1945.)

Note that we have elected to picture here only those maps published through 1951. The state did issue Official New Mexico Road Maps in some of the later years but the cover art on those was not nearly as attractive as that from the earlier period.

The NMTHP is in need of a 1926 map, and all years of maps prior to 1925, to photograph for this page. If you have any of these that you would like to donate or sell to NMTHP, please contact us!
 
1914 1915
 
New Mexico’s earliest known official state road maps are the 1914 and 1915, shown immediately above. Both of these are small maps (7½" x 8½" and 6½" x 7½", respectively) printed on one side only and bound into books, with the result they they have no decorative “covers.”
 
       
1925 1927 1928 1929
       
     
1930   1931
     
     
1932   1933
     
     
1934   1935
     
     
1936   1937
     
     
1938   1939
     
     
1940   1941
     
     
1942   1946
     
     
1947   1948
     
     
1949   1950
     
 
1951   1953
     
 
1954   1956
     
 
1957   1958
     
 
1959   1961
     
1962
     
         
1963  1967    1969  1970 
         
       
1971  1973    1973 
       
     
1974    1977 -1978
     
     
1985    1988 
     
     
1992    2003 
     
     
2005 

 
 
Original mailing packet of 1927 Official N.M. State Highway Department Road Map, missing the information card mentioned on the envelope.
 
 
     
         
     
         
  Complete original mailing packet of 1937 Official N.M. State Highway Department Road Map  
       
         
         
     
         
     
         
  Complete original mailing packet of 1955 N.M. State Highway Department Road Map  
         
         
 

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