Historical Background of T or C and Elephant Butte, NM.Final
On March 31, 1950, the town's citizens voted 1294 to 295 to change its name from Hot Springs to Truth or Consequences. Ralph Edwards, producer of the popular radio game show of the same name, had issued a challenge for a U.S. town to change its name in celebration of his show's 10th Anniversary. Many answered his call, but he was inspired by the town's focus on recreation and healing. Mr. Edwards was well-known for his dedication to the March of Dimes, American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society. The Carrie Tingley Orthopedic Hospital (now known as the New Mexico State Veterans Home), a center for rehabilitating crippled children, was of particular interest to him.
On April 1, 1950, Ralph Edwards came to T or C to lead the first Fiesta celebration. He returned each year for 50 years, demonstrating his love and dedication to the town and its citizens.