History in Albuquerque

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Albuquerque's Volcanic Past

Albuquerque’s historic past is evident in its five dormant volcanoes on the city’s west side. The volcanoes were formed some 190,000 years ago. Athough as recently as 1881, smoke was seen rising from them, the Albuquerque volcanoes are considered still to be in their cooling period. When it snows in Albuquerque, it melts first in the volcanic region because of the residual heat.  

Albuquerque's Winemaking History

New Mexico is also the country’s oldest wine producing region, with the first grapevines brought to the area in 1629. Today there are nearly 40 wineries located in northern, central and southern New Mexico.

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May 31, 2009 change by smkane

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