For thousands of years, a strand of settlements was built along the Río Grande by the ancient Pueblo peoples, but many of these villages disappeared before and during the Pueblo Revolt in 1680. In the 1700s, when the Spanish returned to establish settlements, they built their vil- lages along the Rio Grande, not only what is now Old Town but many others. To bring to life the history of the North Valley more fully, an effort is made to examine the North Valley and its small villages separately, to the extent possible, from a general history of Albuquerque. The North Valley provides a unique tapestry of Hispanic, Anglo, and other ethnic groups, rural and urban, historic and modern, old and new architec- tural styles, and a successful integration of traditional and modern ways of living. The two volumes are intended to appeal both to those readers who have a long history in Albuquerque’s North Valley and remember a previous time, and, also, those who do not remember the North Valley as it once was, but now appreciate its unique character.
The first volume presents an overview of the North Valley through the centuries, beginning with the traditional life of the Hispanic vil- lages established in the 1700s and continue today as both cultural and geographical locations. Two villages, Los Griegos and Los Candelarias, which exemplify the villages of the North Valley, are examined in detail. Although both share a similar history with one another and other villag- es in the North Valley, their development and change over the centuries are different and unique in some respects. Short personal biographies of at least a few of the remarkable “ordinary” people who have lived in these villages over the centuries are included, as well as the prominent and wealthy.
The second volume chronicles the history of the village of Alam- eda and the villages of the Elena Gallegos Land Grant, including Los Ranchos. The modern village of Los Ranchos encompasses much of the North Valley today, and its incorporation as a village is unique in the Middle Rio Grande Valley. Some of the early villages within this area have disappeared, and the locations of others are only barely recogniz- able. The community of Alameda, separated from much of the Alameda Land Grant and Corrales west of the Rio Grande early in its history, is the entry point to the North Valley in the north and was established early in the history of the North Valley. Because much of history is biographical, a separate chapter is included on the lives of two wealthy families, the Armijos and the Yrisarris, the ricos of the North Valley. The North Valley is fortunate that some of its most historical homes have been placed on the National Register, and their history and photos have been included in this volume.