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Old 07-31-2008, 03:58 PM
 
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OK, OK - I know- this is probably a stupid, stupid question... but I don't know and would like to... Why is Albuquerque called Duke City?
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Old 07-31-2008, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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SoggyInSeattle admitted:

> ... this is probably a stupid, stupid question ...

As long as that has been officially established, I'll post a civil answer in this thread.
I want this post to be searchable in City-Data.

Frequently Asked Questions About Albuquerque (http://ep2ds-16.sandia.gov/venue/faq.html - broken link)

Why is Albuquerque nicknamed the Duke City?
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# In memory of the Duke of Albuquerque, the city is affectionately called
# the "Duke City." There is still a Duke of Albuquerque residing in Spain.

The Founding of Alburquerque (http://www.cabq.gov/museum/history/foundingabq.html - broken link) [sic]
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Old 07-31-2008, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Placitas, New Mexico
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The city was named for the Spanish Viceroy Francisco Fernandez de la Cueva, the Duke of Alburquerque. The first r in the spelling was subsequently dropped. But it's named after a duke, thus "duke" city.
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Old 07-31-2008, 04:13 PM
 
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The Albuquerque Dukes baseball team founded the city in 1915.

Thus... The Duke City
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Old 08-01-2008, 02:22 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM - Summerlin, NV
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SoggyInSeattle admitted:

> ... this is probably a stupid, stupid question ...

As long as that has been officially established, I'll post a civil answer in this thread.
I want this post to be searchable in City-Data.

Frequently Asked Questions About Albuquerque (http://ep2ds-16.sandia.gov/venue/faq.html - broken link)

Why is Albuquerque nicknamed the Duke City?
---------------------------------------------
# In memory of the Duke of Albuquerque, the city is affectionately called
# the "Duke City." There is still a Duke of Albuquerque residing in Spain.

The Founding of Alburquerque (http://www.cabq.gov/museum/history/foundingabq.html - broken link) [sic]
Awesome Reply mortimer! very informative!!
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