National Geographic : 1970 Sep
from Chicago to Los Angeles. Astride the Rio Grande in the shadow of the Sandia Mountains, Albuquerque blends Space Age technology and Old World charm. In Old Town, where time worn buildings ring the original plaza, a small band of Spanish settlers founded the city in 1706. charming little streets that once were lined with fandango halls and gambling rooms and bars, were on their way to becoming a slum. They were marked for extinction. But a lot of people saw something here to be saved, and little by little, they prevailed. Now we even have a zoning code that demands authentic exteriors and gaslights on the streets." For the Anglos of Albuquerque, Old Town represents a romantic Spanish past, but that past is not so romantic to a small band of modern Spanish revolutionaries. Just as the Indians resented the conquistadors' intru sions during the 16th and 17th centuries, so the Mexicans resented the intrusions of the Anglos in the 19th century. Some Spanish Americans still do, claiming that the Anglos cheated them of land held under grants, some of them centuries old, from Spain and Mexico. The colorful swashbuckling of Pancho Villa as his bandit army swept across the New Mexican border in 1916 has left a lasting 323 MEU N.G.S.