Albuquerque, New Mexico is the largest city in the state. Albuquerque is currently the 32nd most populated city in the country (although it likely will pass Milwaukee in the next few years). Cities such as Albuquerque have a very interesting historical significance. The British and the French did not touch this part of the country. Instead, the Spanish played a much more pivotal role in the development of Albuquerque than most other European powers. If you’re interested in a new city or have been considering calling it home for some time, it truly does offer you unique opportunities.
The History of Albuquerque
As European settlers moved along the Atlantic coastline, the Spanish had been moving up through Mexico for well over a century. Eventually, the city of Albuquerque was founded in 1706. It was created as an outpost for trading and referred to as Villa de Albuquerque. With its location and open plans surrounding the outpost, it proved to be an important vantage point for residents of the outpost. The same year, the Spanish military placed a full garrison within the outpost.
As more and more facilities were required in order to provide for the military presence, the Spanish settlers began building the city much like they would in Spain. The center of the town is a plaza, or large open area with a church to one side. Just off of the plaza all the Government buildings are connected. And other buildings like shops are on the outside. Many of the most famous Spanish cities not only in Europe, but in North and South America are designed like this.
In 1821, Mexico took over the outpost and began using it as its own military facility. This also added to the interesting cultural and architectural flavor of the town, as Mexico used a combination of Spanish and aboriginal building techniques to customize unique buildings. By the 1840s, the United States obtained the region of New Mexico. At this time, modern day Arizona was part of New Mexico, making for an extremely large territory. Again, the United States used the city as a military position.
Civil War History
During the Civil War, the Confederate Army used the city as a deployment base. The Union Army and the Confederates had a daylong battle here. However, fighting this far west remained few and far between. A small skirmish as far as Arizona, just south of Tucson was the furthest west any fighting took place, but for the most part New Mexico just sent troops out to the east.
Albuquerque served as a major trading post for individuals traveling further west to California. Route 66 passes along Albuquerque, so many travelers setting out during the Great Depression and the droughts traveled through the city. Some even settled here, which helped with the growing population.
If you have never been to Albuquerque, you may be surprised as to the cooler temperature. While not cold, it has nowhere near a similar temperature to Phoenix, which is on a similar longitude line. July is the hottest month on average at 90 degrees, while December is the coldest month, with an average high of 46 degrees. However, January has the lowest coldest low of 26 degrees. You will not experience much in terms of rainfall. August sees the most rain with an average of 1.58 inches. Additionally, it does snow occasionally here (which again may catch some off guard). December sees an average snowfall of 2.7 inches.
Albuquerque Winters make it perfect for hot tubs. The cold winter nights will add to the enjoyment with the warm soothing water. I like to keep my hot tub at 100 degrees but they can go up to 104. The proper hot tub temperature is really up to you but mostly between 100 and 104. What you really want to do is to protect your hot tub and the heat with a good insulated hot tub cover. Albuquerque hot tub covers need to have good insulation and thickness to keep the heat in and the snow from breaking the cover.
Take In Some Culture
One of the most important times in the Albuquerque schedule is during the New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair. This is a fair that only allows artists from the state to sell and showcase. The fair has also been going on since 1961. As well The Isleta Amphitheater, Sunshine Theater, KiMo Theater and Tingley Coliseum all put on performances throughout the year. If you want to take in natural history and other points of interest, you should consider the Albuquerque Museum. Old Town (which has much of the original plaza preserved), plus the Museum of Natural History and Science.
Albuquerque has lots to offer for the sports enthusiast. You can find a large number of minor league teams here and no Top pro teams. Even despite being larger than many other cities with professional teams, including Atlanta, Miami and Buffalo. The AAA Albuquerque Isotopes are located here. If you are a fan of The Simpsons, you may know the local baseball team is the Springfield Isotopes. At one point, the owner threatens to move the team to Albuquerque. The team decided to actually change its name to Isotopes based off of these Simpsons’ episodes.