The Albuquerque Historical Society has worked with Historic Albuquerque Inc. (HAI) to develop a walking tour of downtown Central Ave and train volunteers to provide free tours. AHS & HAI received a City of Albuquerque Urban Enhancement Trust Fund grant for the project. The two key HAI volunteers are Diane Schaller and Dick Ruddy. Diane has researched the histories of many downtown businesses. Dick has done much research and collected photographs of various historic buildings, many of which were demolished.
The Albuquerque Historical Society offers free downtown walking tours from the first Saturday in February through the last Saturday in November. During these months, you will meet your guide at 1st and Central at 10 am every Saturday. We also welcome special requests for tours all year round! This interesting tour that covers the coming of the ATSF railroad and the diverse settlers who came with it, can be arranged by calling 289-0586. Wear comfortable shoes, allow 2 hours and bring water. No Pets Please. Reservations are not necessary except for groups over 5 people or if you would like to schedule a weekday tour. You will walk along Central Avenue from 1st Street to 8th Street.
Call (505) 289-0586 and leave a message for more information or to arrange a special tour time.
We also offer a presentation through our Speakers Bureau entitled “The Downtown Walking Tour: For People Who Prefer to Sit”. Roland Penttila has created a PowerPoint slide show of the walking tour for people who can’t stand for two hours or walk the ¾ mile distance. It is all the knowledge the tour contains without the steps. It is a perfect alternative for those unable to get around. The presentation lasts about 90 minutes. The presentation tells about Central Avenue (previously Railroad Avenue) and the changes that occurred when the railroad came to town in 1880 all the way up to the present day. The history is supported with vintage photos of the buildings–many of which no longer exist. For more information or to schedule a presentation visit our Speakers Bureau page.