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History of Aztec Told Through Photographs
Local author and City of Aztec pen new book on area’s history
Aztec, New Mexico, is nestled in the Four Corners area of the United States and has a rich history beginning with the early Puebloan people. They built villages, irrigation canals and roads—some of which became the Aztec Ruins National Monument. The town also has several buildings on the New Mexico Register of Cultural Properties and the National Register of Historic Places.
The state’s first commercial natural gas well was drilled here in 1921 and its influence continues today. An alleged UFO crash in 1948 led to an annual UFO symposium and mountain bikers still flock to the annual Alien Run Mountain Bike competition. In 1963, Aztec was named an All-America City for the community’s effort to build an 18-mile-long road to the Navajo Dam. The mountains are a short drive away and the desert and Navajo Lake State Park make Aztec an ideal place to live and explore.
Aztec’s population has grown from 126 in 1890 to 6,763, according to the 2010 census. From a few scratches on the surface of the fertile lands to a thriving community, Aztec has come a long way and continues to move forward.
Highlights of Aztec:
• How Aztec was misnamed
• Incorporation of the town
• Aztec Ruins
• Growth and Expansion
• Aztec Is Booming
• Aztec Today
Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at www.arcadiapublishing.com or
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With more than 7,500 local history titles published to date, Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States. Widely recognized sepia books feature hundreds of vintage historical images.