Spanish settlers founded Albuquerque in 1706, making it the third of only four villas (towns) in colonial New Mexico. Located in the Rio Abajo along a wide turn on the Rio Grande, the settlement developed from a small farming community into New Mexico's largest, most modern city. Many notable men and women participated in this remarkable growth, lending their talents and sacrificing their time, energy, and sometimes their very lives. Dozens of these legendary figures are portrayed in this unique book, with chapters devoted to those who played important roles in politics and diplomacy; the military; law and order; religion and education; art and literature; culture and entertainment; business and tourism; health, science, technology, and space; and sports. A final chapter describes several of Albuquerque's sung and unsung heroes. The result is a collage of a Western city filled with diversity, tradition, and cultural pride.
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About the Author
Richard Melzer is a professor of history at the University of New Mexico's Valencia Campus. He is an award-winning author of many books, including two previous Arcadia publications: Fred Harvey Houses of the Southwest and Sanatoriums of New Mexico.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Founders, Politicians, and Diplomats 9
Chapter 2 The Military 25
Chapter 3 Law and Order 35
Chapter 4 Religion and Education 41
Chapter 5 Authors, Artists, and Architects 53
Chapter 6 Cultures and Entertainment 73
Chapter 7 Business and Tourism 89
Chapter 8 Health, Science, Technology, and Space 105
Chapter 9 Sports 117