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The Greeks of Albuquerque, 1900—1952
There were no known Greeks in Albuquerque until 1896 at which time Greek names can be found in the city directory. Some worked for the railroad. Others had TB and came for the cure. By 1917, some began opening businesses in the downtown area. Those who succeeded bought homes and either brought wives from Greece or intermarried. They began petitioning for naturalization starting in 1906. One is known to have fought in WW I and one is known to have died in WW II. In 1937, they opened a national sanatorium for indigent Greeks. In 1944, the Hellenic community established an Orthodox church.