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Central Avenue, Albuquerque

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Central Avenue is a major east-west street in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which historically served as the city's main thoroughfare and principal axis of development. It runs through many of Albuquerque's oldest neighborhoods, including Downtown, Old Town, Nob Hill, and the University of New Mexico area. Central Avenue was part of U.S. Route 66 from 1937 until the highway's decommissioning in 1985 and also forms one axis of Albuquerque's house numbering system. It was also signed as Business Loop 40 until the early 1990s when ownership of Central Avenue was transferred from the New Mexico State Highway Department to the City of Albuquerque.
Central follows a primarily east-west alignment from Paseo del Volcán on the western outskirts of the city to Four Hills Road just east of Tramway Boulevard near the mouth of Tijeras Canyon. Both ends terminate at Interstate 40, which replaced Route 66 as the primary east-west route through Albuquerque. Along the way Central passes through the historic Old Town, Downtown, EDo, Huning Highlands, Silver Hill, University, Nob Hill, and Highland neighborhoods. The street crosses the Rio Grande just southwest of Old Town, passing through the old neighborhood of Atrisco. Central then passes through the heart of Albuquerque's west side before climbing Nine Mile Hill on the city's western limits.
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  • For the nostalgic, the journey of the legendary route 66 in downtown Albuquerque. The street has taken its name from Central avenue. Several motels, gas stations, restaurants (dinners) were class historic monuments. Architectural styles are electric neopueblo (flat roofs, parapets curves, beams, and porches. Some such Puerta Motor Lodge and the Luna lodge buildings remained unchanged. At the West entrance of the city, a big edge in roadside sign announces route 66. Browse this trip after the sunset to see the lit neon.
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