Interstate Industrial Exposition
Formally, the 16th National Irrigation Congress and Interstate Industrial Exposition. Event held in Albuquerque in 1908 which drew nation-wide attention and helped pave the way to New Mexico's statehood. The event was underwritten by the U.S. government, special trains brought in visitors, and 4,000 delegates from around the country attended. There were booths for arts and crafts, and displays of electric motors and agricultural and lumber products. As New Mexico was still a Territory, advertising was done in the East to convince people there that Albuquerque had modern facilities for the event. As it also included the Territorial Fair, the overall event was also called the 1908 Tri-Exposition.