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123010AlbuquerqueNMTripMP0871

SHOT 1/1/11 5:14:21 PM - A storefront in Old Town Albuquerque. Old Town is a historic district in Albuquerque, New Mexico, dating back to the founding of the city by the Spanish in 1706. Today it is a popular shopping and tourist destination. Old Town comprises about ten blocks of historic adobe buildings grouped around a central plaza (a common feature of Spanish colonial towns). Many of the buildings in Old Town are houses that have been converted into restaurants and small art and souvenir shops. Albuquerque is the largest city in the state of New Mexico. It is the county seat of Bernalillo County and is situated in the central part of the state, straddling the Rio Grande. in 2009 the city's population was 528,497 according to U.S. census estimates which ranks it as the 34th-largest city in the U.S. As of June 2007, the city was the sixth fastest-growing in America. The Sandia Mountains run along the eastern side of Albuquerque, and the Rio Grande flows through the city, north to south..(Photo by Marc Piscotty / © 2010)

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SHOT 1/1/11 5:14:21 PM - A storefront in Old Town Albuquerque. Old Town is a historic district in Albuquerque, New Mexico, dating back to the founding of the city by the Spanish in 1706. Today it is a popular shopping and tourist destination. Old Town comprises about ten blocks of historic adobe buildings grouped around a central plaza (a common feature of Spanish colonial towns). Many of the buildings in Old Town are houses that have been converted into restaurants and small art and souvenir shops. Albuquerque is the largest city in the state of New Mexico. It is the county seat of Bernalillo County and is situated in the central part of the state, straddling the Rio Grande. in 2009 the city's population was 528,497 according to U.S. census estimates which ranks it as the 34th-largest city in the U.S. As of June 2007, the city was the sixth fastest-growing in America. The Sandia Mountains run along the eastern side of Albuquerque, and the Rio Grande flows through the city, north to south..(Photo by Marc Piscotty / © 2010)