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Old 03-19-2007, 04:13 AM
 
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Trucking thru Albuquerque on a frequent basis, I always wondered who Juan Tabo Blvd is named after. Just one of those silly things, but does anybody know?

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Old 03-19-2007, 08:00 AM
 
Location: McKinney, TX
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I share your curiosity too, many times popular names in cities can mean a famous, an infamous or a mythologic personage. There was building in Chicago at Mercy Medical Center called: "Ferris Thompson". I found out some day, that he was a homeless panhandler who was treated for free many times at that hospital. When he died he left a state of several hundred thousands of dollars that he donated to the hospital and that is how the nurses' residence was built and called: "Ferris Thompson Building" in his honor.
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Old 03-19-2007, 10:37 AM
 
Location: ABQ (Paradise Hills), NM
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Default Juan Tabo

I have yet to hear any explanation that I would call completely definitive. However, there seems to be a reasonable story that states that a shepherd used to tend to his flock of sheep in the canyon west of the Sandia mountains. There is further speculation that this shepherd was somehow related to the Toboso tribe, which apparently influenced an eventual nickname for this individual. Eventually, before more modern development, this general area became known as Juan Tabo Canyon. In time, the same name was bestowed upon the street we know today.

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Old 03-20-2007, 11:56 AM
 
Location: McKinney, TX
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It seems to me that the name Juan Tabo is being used in Albuquerque for things more than just one street. There are business, organizations, neighborhoods, etc with that name. An immense honor for just a shepherd, What made him so special? I'm sure he wasn't the only shepherd.

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Old 04-21-2007, 08:43 AM
 
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Thanks for the replies, folks (Sorry it took so long to get back here...)
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Old 04-21-2007, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Abu Al-Qurq
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I'm sure back in the day, he probably was the only shepherd in the area.

The street has been around an awful long time; no doubt other cities have similar strings of businesses named after the street they're on.
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Old 04-27-2007, 08:30 PM
 
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Thanks again for the replies, everyone. Now I'm left to wonder why there's a Jack Tone Road in Ripon, CA...
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Old 05-07-2007, 02:34 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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This:
"On the other hand, nobody seems to know who Juan Tabo was. According to one account, he was a shepherd who grazed his flock in Tijeras Canyon. The name may also relate to the Toboso Indians of Texas or to Jemez Pueblo."

...was on this website: http://www.abq300.org/index.aspx?pk=214&temp=2 (broken link)
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Old 06-01-2007, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Haines, AK
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Default Las Lomas Road

Anyone ever heard of Las Lomas road? Its been shortened to just Lomas now. Its on the old subdivision maps, circa 1957.
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Old 06-20-2007, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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Found on the ABQ paper's Road Warrier column:
Albuquerque Journal

RW> THE HISTORY OF EUBANK:According to "Atrisco to Zena Lona:
RW> A Snappy Survey of Albuquerque Street Names" by Judy Nickell,
RW> all of Eubank wasn't always called Eubank.

RW> The section south of Central was named for Lt. Col. Eugene L.
RW> Eubank, "commander of the 19th Bombardment Group here
RW> (who) led 100 bombers on a flight from California across the
RW> Pacific in World War II."

RW> The stretch north of Central was originally called
RW> San Jacinto, but it was changed to Eubank in 1952
RW> and San Jacinto became the Lomas extension at the time.

I'll have to get that book to go with The Place Names of New Mexico
(Paperback) by Robert Julyan:
Amazon.com: The Place Names of New Mexico: Books: Robert Julyan

Maybe it will have information on Juan Tabo.
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