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The History of Albuquerque Comes Alive in These Historic Sites

Here’s a fun fact: Albuquerque is one of the oldest cities in America. Even though it was founded in 1706, the Native Americans called this place home for thousands of years. How do we know? Because the Albuquerque area is filled with amazing carvings and relics of the past, such as the ancient rock carvings at Petroglyph National Monument.

Yet it’s not only the distant past that makes Albuquerque so interesting. You can see the more recent past as well displayed in the vintage neon signs along Route 66, or the historic Old Town Plaza.

How can explore the rich history of Albuquerque for yourself? There are plenty of ways to discover the distant and recent past of the area through the landmarks and historic sites of the area. Here’s a few of the best historic sites in Albuquerque to take you on your own personal journey back in time.

New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society

This is a working restoration operation staffed with skilled volunteer welders, pipe-fitters, mechanics and many other trades. Free tours are available to visitors on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Petroglyph National Monument

Up to 15,000 petroglyphs or prehistoric rock art images have been found on the West Mesa volcanic escarpment, located along a 17-mile canyon outside of Albuquerque.

Albuquerque Old Town

Experience the beauty and charm of Old Town Albuquerque! Founded in 1706, Old Town centers around the Plaza and San Felipe de Neri Church, built in 1793.

Trinity Site

The exact spot where the first atomic bomb was detonated.

Gutierrez Hubbell House

The Gutierrez-Hubbell House is a cultural and agricultural learning center developed to document, research and preserve history, maintain open spaces, protect wildlife and teach agricultural heritage.

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