Downtown to Old Town Follow the Brass

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Despite portents of the old-fashioned villa’s imminent demise, the two towns maintained a tenuous connection via a streetcar system and a powerful political district known as the Fourth Ward. So the villa persisted, although not without a struggle, and in 1949 the city annexed Old Town without overwhelming its original character. This walk examines their remaining differences and the prominent neighborhood that developed to fill the space between them. The route mostly follows Albuquerque’s official “Plaza to Plaza Tour,” a trail marked with brass plaques embedded in the sidewalks. The corresponding brochure is recommended for supplemental coverage of sites along the way. It’s available at visitor information centers located on both plazas.
Walking Albuquerque

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Walking Albuquerque

by Stephen Ausherman (Wilderness Press)

Despite portents of the old-fashioned villa’s imminent demise, the two towns maintained a tenuous connection via a streetcar system and a powerful political district known as the Fourth Ward. So the villa persisted, although not without a struggle, and in 1949 the city annexed Old Town without overwhelming its original character.

This walk examines their remaining differences and the prominent neighborhood that developed to fill the space between them. The route mostly follows Albuquerque’s official “Plaza to Plaza Tour,” a trail marked with brass plaques embedded in the sidewalks. The corresponding brochure is recommended for supplemental coverage of sites along the way. It’s available at visitor information centers located on both plazas.

© 2015 Stephen Ausherman/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Albuquerque
Distance: 1.75
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Driving Directions: Directions to Downtown to Old Town: Follow the Brass

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