SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The mystery surrounding the buried
location of a time capsule marking Santa Fe's 350th anniversary
more than four decades ago has been solved: It was never
The committee planning the city's 400th anniversary celebrations
later this year had been searching for the location of the
150-pound steel tube from 1960, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported
in Friday editions.
But it turns out that the time capsule never was.
The New Mexican said one of its reporters in 1964 discovered the
unfilled tube in a back room of an office machine business, being
used "as a shelf for empty plastic bottles and other useless
Mayor Leo Murphy told the paper in the story more than 40 years
ago that the project was abandoned because he was too busy trying
to pay for bills incurred from the city's 350th anniversary.
"Those were days of confusion, days of chaos," he had told the
New Mexican. "I was more interested in getting some friends to
sign a note with me to cover the deficit the celebration ran up
than I was in what happened to the capsule."
The capsule was supposed to be filled with items "pertinent to
Santa Fe's 350th anniversary celebration" in 1960, around the time
when the city was believed to have been founded in 1610. Historians
later discovered evidence that it was founded in 1607 or earlier.