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Additions and Subdivisions

Standard Sources

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A Brief Chronology: 1940-1949

1940

Population 35,449 (New Town only)

1940

Sandia Ranch Sanatorium founded

1940

U.S. Army Air Corps designates Albuquerque as a service station for military aircraft

1941

Rio Grande floods

1941

Construction begins on Albuquerque Army Air Base

1941/1942

Air Depot Training Station established

1942

Albuquerque Air Depot Training School established on Oxnard Field [Sandia Base]

1942

Albuquerque Army Air Base renamed Kirtland Field

1944

Albuquerque Air Depot Training School converted to Army Air Forces Convalescent Center

1945

David Greenglass passes atomic secrets to Harold Gold at 209 High Street NE

1945

Ernie Pyle killed by sniper fire on Ie Shima August 18th; Jerry Pyle dies November 24th.

1945/1946

Z-Division moves projects, apparatus and personnel from Los Alamos to Sandia Base

1946

Albuquerque Gas & Electric merges with four subsidiaries and becomes Public Service Company of New Mexico

1947

Nob Hill Business Center opens as Albuquerque’s first shopping center

1947

Lovelace Foundation for Medical Education & Research opens

1948

Highland High School built as Albuquerque’s second public high school

1948

Ernie Pyle Library opens

1948

Public Service Company of New Mexico becomes an independent operating utility.

1948

KOB-TV, Albuquerque’s first TV station, goes on the air

1949

Western Electric Company [AT&T's manufacturing division] assumes operation of Sandia Laboratory and establishes Sandia Corporation

1949

Southern Union Gas Company buys natural gas distribution system from Public Service Company of New Mexico

1949

First modern traffic survey of the city is inaugurated

1949

Old Town annexed to New Town in anticipation of 1950 census

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1940-1949

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