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Taos Pueblo and Its Neighbors

Since 1540, when Europeans under the command of Coronado‚Äôs lieutenant, Hernando de Alvarado, first visited the Indian village at the foot of the brooding Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the multistoried Pueblo of Taos, with its two large apartment buildings separated by the Taos River, has impressed all who see…

New Mexico Community: Shiprock

This Navajo community was established in 1903 when the US government established the San Juan School and Agency here, on land belonging to a Navajo named Tseheyabegay. Supt. William T. Shelton was its head. Described as a "stern disciplinarian and ruthless in his prosecution of moral lapse," he also…

Abiquiu Pueblo

Pueblo de Abiquiú, Genízaro, Chama River, Governor Vélez Capuchín, Fray Francisco Delgado, Moqui, Hopi, Ute, Paiute, Comanche, Kiowa, Navajo, Apache, Pawnee, James S. Calhoun, Governor David Meriwether A Genízaro Community–Pueblo de Abiquiú The village of Abiquiu, New Mexico is located on the Chama River, 35 miles north of Santa…

Las Cruces

Susan Shelby Magoffin, wife of Santa Fe trader, Sam Magoffin, in January 1847 wrote in her diary, "Yesterday we passed over the spot where a few years since a party of Apaches attacked General Armijo as he returned from the Pass with a party of troops, and killed some…

Conchas Dam

By John D. Schelburg New Deal programs played a profound role in New Mexico from 1933 through 1942. Not only was New Mexico plagued with poverty but it also lacked state agencies capable of delivering social services. The Federal agencies created by the New Deal to stimulate the economy…

Cleveland

Cleveland; San Antonio de Mora By Kathy Erdman   Cleveland has its roots in the early nineteenth century, when Governor Alberto Maynez established a policy to open new settlement in the verdant valleys of the east slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Created to relieve the overcrowding of…

Santa Fe

by William H. Wroth When Hispanic colonists arrived in New Mexico in 1598 under the leadership of Juan de Oñate, they settled at Ohkay Owingeh (San Juan) Pueblo, which Oñate named San Juan de los Caballeros. After living at Ohkay Owingeh for a while, Oñate chose to make Yungé…

Albuquerque 1945-1959

Albuquerque 1945 to 1959; Albuquerque history post world war 2 Post-War Suburban Expansion 1945-1959 By David Kammer In an article that received national attention, the popular journalist and war correspondent, Ernie Pyle, explained to his readers why he and his wife had chosen to “make our base in Albuquerque”…

Albuquerque 1925-1944

Albuquerque 1925 to 1944 Shaping a Greater Albuquerque 1925-1944 By David Kammer By 1920, Albuquerque’s population had grown to 15,157, representing for the first time more than half of Bernalillo County’s total population. While the growth patterns of the early 1920s continued to reflect an infill of the streetcar…

Albuquerque 1904-1925

Albuquerque 1904-1925; Communities in New Mexico Dynamics of Suburban Growth 1904-1925 By David Kammer Throughout its early history, Albuquerque’s promoters published pamphlets boosting the new community. Often containing predictions about the town’s future based more on their hopes than facts, these brochures offer a gauge of the optimism that…