Santa Fe county contains Santa Fe, the capital city of New Mexico and the county seat. Established in 1610, the city of Santa Fe was named for a city in Spain built in 1492 by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella.
The oldest church and house in the United States are still standing in Santa Fe. They were built prior to the Pilgrims landing on the east coast. Santa Fe is a major cultural center in the United States. Many famous writers and artists live in "The City Different," which annually celebrates unique festivals. Tourism has become a major clean industry for the city.