Albuquerque Historic Society provides excursions of downtown

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – Becoming a tourist in your own town has grown in popularity since the pandemic began. Locals took to the streets of their hometowns trying to see from a new perspective what the Albuquerque Historical Society has started all over again.

The nonprofit started weekly free walking tours of downtown Albuquerque long before the pandemic broke out, but took a break last year. August 7th they resumed tours. Attendees can meet with a Society volunteer on Saturday morning and walk Central Ave. starting on First Street to learn about Albuquerque’s beginnings in 1706 and its rapid growth with the arrival of the railroad in 1880.

The association’s volunteer coordinator Trudy Merriman gave the tour on Saturday, August 7th and has been running these tours since 2015. It touches on the history of buildings such as the Alvarado Hotel and Transportation Center, the Sunshine Building, the Kimo Theater and much more.

Merriman said she saw her and her other volunteers as envoys working to change people’s view of the inner city. “I think right now downtown has a really negative connotation with the homelessness problem and city crime, but the story is always there. I think the city center is vibrant and people don’t realize there’s a lot going on down here and it’s good to come here, ”Merriman said.

Kathy Economy was one of the enthusiastic participants on the tour. She says that she sees every downtown area of ​​a city as a gem that is often neglected. “They offer a rich history of a city location that we must preserve and preserve in order to keep what happened in the past as a reminder for our future,” said Economy.

She said she was so intrigued by what she learned during the tour that she decided to become a lecturer at the company so that she could eventually give tours as well. For more information about the Albuquerque Historical Society, visit their website.

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