Interesting Places To Visit In Albuquerque

Albuquerque Reunion Coordinator, Cathy Talkington has put together the following fun facts….All of the following places are on the reunion agenda.  Have you registered for the reunion?  If not, it’s not too late, but time is running out.  The reunion is scheduled for April 17 – 21st, 2012.

“Fun Places To Visit In Albuquerque”

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History


  • Nation’s Only congressionally chartered museum
  • Smithsonian affliate
  • Past, Present & Future: How Nuclear Science Influenced & Influences Our World

Visit The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History Website

Rattlesnake Museum

  • Rattlesnakes are born alive, not hatched from an egg
  • You can tell the age of a rattlesnake by counting the segments of its rattles
  • Rattlesnakes hibernate in winter
  • Rattlesnakes are deaf

Visit The Rattlesnake Museum Website

Los Alamos

  • Science, Technology, Engineering at the highest levels
  • Manhattan Project
  • Human Genome Project
  • Understanding the universe beyond the current model
  • Global Nuclear Energy
  • Intelligence & Space Research
  • Annual budget $2.2 billion

Learn More About Los Alamos

Skip Maisels

  • Route 66 experience
  • Direct dealer of Indian jewelry & crafts
  • Largest wholesale / retail of SW Indian goods
  • Interesting building

Visit The Skip Maisel’s Website

Santa Fe


  • Art Center, including Georgia O’Keefe Museum
  • US Oldest Capital City
  • Southwest Cuisine
  • Cathedrals, Chapels
  • Plazas

Learn More About Santa Fe

Bataan Memorial Park

  • New Mexico’s 200th Coast Artillery (anti-aircraft)”First to Fire” after Japanese bombed Clark Field, Philippine Islands, becoming 1st battle-born unit of WWII.
  • Memorials’ granite columns with names & stories of those who served suggest line of men walking on a road–the horrific march.

Learn More About The Bataan Memorial Park

Ernie Pyle Library

  • Pulitzer Prize for distinguished war correspondence
  • Wrote personal, solider-oriented dispatches from WWII overseas: the soldier’s journalist
  • In 1944, he wrote a column urging that soldiers in combat get “fight pay” just as airmen were paid “flight pay.” Congress passed a law authorizing $10 a month extra pay for combat infantrymen. The legislation was called “The Ernie Pyle bill.”
  • Killed in action by a sniper on Pacific island, April 1945
  • Library preserves integrity of Pyle’s life including room configuration, landscaping, picket fence built by Pyle and grave marker of dog, Cheeta.

Learn More About Ernie Pyles

Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum

  • 1st balloon flights began in 1783
  • Balloons have been used for adventure, science, warfare, espionage, exploration of space
  • Museum artifacts explore history & modern technology