Albuquerque became an official “villa” on April 23, 1706. The stories behind that major accomplishment are inspiring, aggravating, humorous and captivating. Old Town, the original Albuquerque, stands today as a testament to people’s creativity, stamina and sense of community. In fact, the oldest continually-used residence sits directly behind the church and the oldest house, which housed soldiers during many battles, is east of the plaza. Each building tells a tale and each block effuses stories. I have written several articles about Old Town and would love to spend two hours sharing my knowledge. Of course I’ve got photos. I plan to talk about how Albuquerque got its name (really) and its first buildings (the original church fell down). I’ll discuss the changes that occurred and how the area is used today. I find Old Town an amazing mixture of cultures and eras.