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Rio Rancho, New Mexico. 

Did you hear the rumor about butter?

Well, I’m not going to spread it!

Interesting Fact: The great majority of Rio Rancho was originally part of the Town of Alameda Grant, which was founded by Spanish settlers in 1710. By the early 20th century, much of the land grant had been sold to land investment companies. Amrep Corporation purchased 55,000 acres (22,000 ha) in 1961 and turned the land into a housing development called “Rio Rancho Estates”, with the first families moving in the early 1960s. Amrep contracted with Ezio Valentini, one of the original developers of Cape Coral, Florida, to design and implement a unique marketing plan to conduct land-sales, dinner-party program in northern states to open offices in 14 states. The population grew ten-fold between 1970 and 1980 and the City of Rio Rancho was incorporated in 1981. The opening of a large Intel Corporation plant in 1981 had a major economic impact on the city. ( Rio Rancho, New Mexico – Wikipedia )




  1. Beautiful photo! Thanks also for the history on Rio Rancho. Sounds like there isn’t much history there….as if it is a southwest Disneyland built and marketed town. I lived in Vail Valley for a short time and although it is beautiful there it kind of felt the same. Telluride CO felt more real to me as it had a history before the build up.

  2. Just a perspective suggestion: the โ€œtownโ€ was land that was likely used by Indigenous Peoples and its โ€œfoundingโ€ is actually colonization, conquering, exclusion by violence, religious persecution, even genocide. Thank you.

    • Thank you very much for stopping by and sharing this information with us. I truly appreciate it. Stay Safe and Happy Blogging! ๐Ÿ™‚

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