Legendary Locals of Albuquerque, New Mexico

Legendary Locals of Albuquerque, New Mexico

by Richard Melzer


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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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467101974
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 05/25/2015
Series: Legendary Locals Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 297,968
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

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

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

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

Index 127

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