Many of our researchers at Special Collections come to us hoping to find out about the house they live in, the block they grew up on, or the neighborhood they cherish. Staff members and volunteers worked to locate, describe, synthesize and summarize information from our Bernalillo County Abstract and Title Collection, City and County Zone Atlases, MRGCD maps, contemporary GIS mapping sources, property tax records, city directories and newspaper references. In some cases, the information presented here only hints at what is available; in others, this is all we've been able to discover so far. This site is a work in progress, and we'll be adding more pages to it as we go.
We began with additions and subdivisions described in the Bernalillo County Abstract and Title transaction books that we could not initially identify. In some cases, the "lost subdivisions" were simply overlooked on our first pass through our zone atlases and neighborhood guides. In other cases, the properties described have been bought, sold, conveyed, platted, replatted, misspelled, renamed, or buried under large urban projects like freeway interchanges or airport runways.
Albuquerque is divided into four unequal quadrants: Northeast (NE), Northwest (NW), Southeast (SE), and Southwest (SW). The dividing lines for these designations are Central Avenue and the railroad tracks. Addresses south of Central Avenue and east of the railroad tracks are designated SE; north of Central Avenue and east of the railroad tracks are NE. Addresses south of Central Avenue and west of the railroad tracks are designated SW; north of Central Avenue and west of the railroad tracks are designated NW.
The quadrant designation matters. For instance, Special Collections Library is at 423 Central Avenue NE.The KiMo Theater is at 423 Central Avenue NW. Although the street numbers are identical, the buildings are different venues in different quadrants.