This is one of the last few posts; this one is about Albuquerque. Albuquerque is a pretty large city; about 1 million people live in it. We stayed at a hotel for a night to see how good it is. We went downtown, drove around and saw that it was a normal big city; with beggars and everything. We were here because mom and dad visited it back in September – before this whole crazy thing started – and they liked it, but this time they felt it was a bit blah. The downtown was pretty boring, and we didn’t think we wanted to live in such a big city. We were originally going to stay for like 5 days, but after the first day, we were bored, so we moved on to the last city, which is Santa Fe.
Here are some of the things that were interesting. We got to see the Historical Route 66. This highway was one of the first highways built, made in November of 1926, and ran 2448 miles (about 4000 km), from Chicago, Il all the way through 8 states (Starting in Illinois, then Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and finally, ending in California)! It ended in Santa Monica, CA. Route 66 was a very popular highway, so lots of businesses started building their businesses nearby it. In June, 1956, Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Interstate Highway act, which was the first act of the decline of the Route 66. The first major bypassing of Route 66 was in 1953 in Oklahoma with the opening of the Turner Turnpike, which connected Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Another major bypassing was in 1957 when they opened the Will Rogers Turnpike, which connected Tulsa to the Oklahoma-Missouri border. Other states soon built other bypasses as the time went by. In New Mexico, however, lots of business owners refused to build bypasses, since it would put them out of business. In 1963, the New Mexico Legislature banned the building of interstates and bypasses. This ban was short-lived because the government threatened to remove federal highway funds. In 1964, Tucumcari and San Jon gave way and tried to work out a way to still keep the traffic near the businesses, while complying to the will of the government also. By the late 1960s, most of the Route 66 had been replaced with interstates, the rest soon to follow. Finally, in 1984, the Route 66 highway was no longer a road. A few parts still remain as historic places. The one that we saw was the longest urban strip of Route 66. It is called Central Avenue and runs for 17.4 miles (28 km).
We drove around the city and looked at some neighborhoods. It’s funny because they’re a mix of rural, city and urban, it’s funny and strange. We ate at a Mexican restaurant. We also went to the Christmas market. Other than that, we were just driving around. We saw a few funny things. Here they are.
Anyway, that’s it about Albuquerque. Until next time, goodbye.