Land Area: 121,666 square miles (fifth in size among the US states) Highest Point: Wheeler Peak, northeast of Taos 13,161 feet Lowest Point: Red Bluff Reservoir, along the Texas border 2,842 feet Statehood Day: Jan 6, 1912 (47th State) State Capital: Santa Fe Governor: Gary Johnson (R) State Flower: Yucca State Tree: Piņon State Bird: Roadrunner
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ALBUQUERQUE WESTSIDE POPULATION AND PROJECTIONS: MORE THAN 500,000 WITH A RETAIL TRADE ZONE OF 1,563,123 PEOPLE. THE NATIONS 79TH LARGEST CITY AND 44 DESIGNATED MARKET AREA. ALTITUDE: 5,319 AT THE AIRPORT. THE TERRAIN RISES FROM THE RIO GRANDE RIVER TO THE TOP OF THE SANDIA MOUNTIANS AT 10,698 FEET.
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Albuquerque is a magnificently unique combination of the very old and the highly contemporary, the natural world and the manmade environment, the frontier town and the cosmopolitan city, the indigenous and the come-lately. It is a harmonious but spectacular blend of extremely diverse cultures, cuisines, people, styles, stories, pursuits, and panoramas.
It is a city with a rich history. Evidence of inhabitation dates back as long as 25,000 years. That is the estimated age of bones recovered from a cave in the northwestern sector of the Sandia Mountains in 1936. (Skeptics and scholars have since widely revised the estimated age to something more like 10,000 years.) Anasazi Indians were the next to settle in the area. Theylived here for two centuries, from 1100 to 1300, and established several communities throughout northwestern New Mexico connected by sophisticated transportation and communication networks.
Searching for Cibola - In 1540, the Spanish arrived. Explorer-conquistador Francisco Vasquez de Coronado came north from Mexico in search of the mythical seven cities of Cibola. He and his enormous entourage of troops, cooks, priests, and beasts reportedly spent the winter of that year in an Indian pueblo on the west bank of the Rio Grande 20 miles north of Albuquerque. The site is now a state monument just northwest of the town of Bernalillo.
Coronado left, but Spanish settlers began arriving in greater numbers. By the 17th century it was sufficiently populated to have acquired a name: Bosque Grande de San Francisco Xavier. (A "bosque" is a forest on the banks of a river or other body of water, or simply an area of thick vegetation.)
How Albuquerque Got Its Name - In 1706, the ambitious provisional governor of the territory, Don Francisco Cuervo y Valdez, petitioned the Spanish government for permission to establish the bosque as a formal villa. The Spanish required a minimum of 30 families in an area to establish a villa. Cuervo had only 18 in Bosque Grande. But Cuervo was a shrewd politician, and he came up with a plan he felt gave him a good chance of acceptance. The man responsible for preliminary approval of his application was Viceroy Francisco Fernandez de la Cueva, the Duke of Alburquerque. In his application, Cuervo declared that he wanted to establish the villa in the name of the Duke, and call it Alburquerque.
The petition (on which Cuervo had also carefully claimed 35 families, believing that a perfect 30 would look too suspicious) was accepted, and thus was born the city of Alburquerque. (The first "r" in the original name was later dropped. Legend has it that a sign painter for the railroad omitted it either accidentally or because he didn't have enough room for the whole name. Another theory is the Latin translation of Alburquerque, which means white oak. Alburquerque Spain has a large number of white oak trees and thus was given the appropriate name. However, it is likely the "r" fell out of use casually and over a long period, probably due to its near-inaudibility when spoken.)
In 1846, the US claimed the territory for its own. The Civil War touched the city briefly when confederate troops occupied Albuquerque and installed eight defensive cannons (four of them are still on display in Old Town). Once the war had passed, Anglo settlers, who had been slow to move in before, began showing a much greater interest and began arriving in force-mostly merchants, tradesmen, artisans, doctors, and lawyers.
The Coming of the Railroad - One of the city's most influential residents arrived in 1880: the railroad. Las Vegas, Santa Fe, and other New Mexico towns fell victim to the piratical practices of the railroad baron, but Albuquerque welcomed the Iron Horse with open arms, hearts, and wallets-and a 200-foot-wide right-of-way. The impact of its arrival is all but inestimable: placement of the depot affected the development of specific sectors of the city, and the consequent influx of residents from the East and the Midwest brought enormous changes to the prevailing architecture of the city (and the region). Perhaps most important, the railroad was responsible for a drastic alteration of the ethnic makeup of the city: by 1885, Albuquerque had become predominantly Anglo in population.
In 1885, Albuquerque incorporated as a town, and six years later as a city. In 1889, Albuquerque won the rather heated battle for the right to locate the state university in the city. (Other bidders were awarded other institutions: Socorro, the School of Mines; Las Cruces, a college of agriculture; Las Vegas, the state asylum; and Santa Fe, the state penitentiary.) In 1912, New Mexico was admitted to the US, the 47th state in the Union (Arizona, the 48th, was admitted later that same year).
Highways... - Always famous for its perfect placement as a transportation hub, the city that began as a way-station for Coronado and later became a major stop on the Spanish Camino Real ("Royal Road") was to become even more renowned for its position on fabled Route 66. The route was officially so designated in 1926, when the federal government first implemented its highway-numbering system.
Extending from Chicago to Los Angeles, the original Route 66, as it passed through New Mexico, was a circuitous (if all-encompassing) road running from Santa Rosa to Las Vegas to Santa Fe, down to Albuquerque, farther south to Los Lunas, and then back north and west along the railroad right-of-way. Almost from the beginning, Albuquerque interests pushed for a straightened Route 66, and in 1934, larger-than-life New Mexico Governor Clyde Tingley, a friend of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, secured a number of New Deal work projects for the state. One of those projects was straightening Route 66. In 1937, the road opened, running right along Albuquerque's Central Avenue. It was the state's first completely oil-surfaced road, and the shortest east-west route through New Mexico.
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