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Albuquerque 1880-1900

As the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad (AT&SF) pushed into New Mexico Territory in 1879, reaching Las Vegas on July 4, 1879 and Santa Fe on February 9, 1880, advance survey crews sought a site in the Middle Rio Grande Valley for locating shops and yards. Failing to do so in the town of Bernalillo, where the dominant Perea family demanded exorbitant fees for the necessary acreage, railroad officials looked 18 miles south to Albuquerque.