Lecturer to discuss a fascinating transformation Tuesday

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By Kirsten Laskey

A single act can create significant changes. Just look at what occurred in Albuquerque during the 1920s and 1930s.During this time period, a campaign was underway to make Albuquerque the crossroads of New Mexico.To accomplish this, the city worked to realign Route 66. Instead of running north to south, city officials including mayor ex-officio and former governor Clyde Tingley, worked to realign the highway from east and west. Additionally, the city worked to take advantage of aviation and offer air transportation in all directions in the state.The results of this successful campaign transformed Albuquerque from railroad depot to a metropolis.David Kammer will discuss this campaign, and its effects on Albuquerque during his talk, “Albuquerque: From Railroad Depot to Crossroads of New Mexico,” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge. The presentation is part of the Los Alamos Historical Society’s lecture series.Albuquerque wasn’t the only place affected by the campaign, Kammer said, for instance, with World War II approaching, it made sense to develop an airfield because it made sense to take advantage of place that already had supporting facilities. Looking at Los Alamos, Kammer said the local area has benefited from planning that didn’t benefit Albuquerque.He described Los Alamos as more suburban with a fairly concentrated commercial center.

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