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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (October 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738548529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738548524
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 6.4 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,526,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Containing over 200 images gathered by local historian Mike Smith from public archives, historical societies, and private collections, this is the very first book to share the history of the mountain towns with a general audience.

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Born in 1979. Grew up in Arizona. Swam in a pool there, played with neighbor kids. Age seven: moved to Austria. Walked to a private school through vineyards. Watched the sun rise every morning. Age eleven: moved to Colorado. Lived in a cabin. Stayed home from school because of snow, often. Lived in a treehouse wired with Nintendo. Age twelve: moved to New Mexico. Became a huge nerd. Got beat up constantly between age twelve and age seventeen. Got in a high speed car chase just for fun. Sent away by my parents. Got my GED, and went to college in Arizona. Streaked a homecoming football game; became a hero. Moved to Alaska to try commercial fishing after reading about it in a dentist office magazine. Lived there for a year and a half as a depressed stoner in a series of cabins. Moved outdoors into a tent. Hitchiked around Alaska and Canada with a hippy girlfriend. Hitchhiked down. Moved to Utah. Worked. Saved up money. Spent seven months canoeing the entire shoreline of Lake Powell in Utah and Arizona--because I wanted to. Moved to Boston to be with a suicidal girl. Founded a nonprofit. Walked from Key West, Florida to Cape Gaspe, Quebec, Canada, to raise money for charity with six others. Moved back to New Mexico. Moved out to the Arizona desert to be a hermit. Apache County. Lived in a trailer with a cat and a windmill and no neighbors for miles. No electricity either. Got married to a cool girl. Moved back to New Mexico. Moved down to Las Cruces. Moved to Utah. Moved to New Mexico. Moved to Utah. Moved to New Mexico. Worked on movies. Sold a screenplay. Had a daughter. Wrote a book. Went camping. Went camping. Went camping.
I'm going camping.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Smith on November 22, 2006
Format: Paperback
Growing up in one of the towns of the Sandia Mountains, I can ashamedly say that I really didn't do much digging into the history of the place. I don't know why really, I guess I figured it was just there and left it at that. Then comes along this little dandy of a history book wherein the unique history of the place I grew up in is laid before you through non-run of the mill descriptions, quirky photos, and some fantastic quotes from the people who have made up and make these towns.
This book is published through Arcadia, which has about, I don't know how many, of these history/photo style books. I have read a few books from Arcadia and maybe it's because this is one that specifically talks about the place I grew up in, but Towns of the Sandia Mountains seems to sit a few levels above the others Arcadia has out there.
This book reads like a dreamy ride through the past on an old desert road. Starting on Route 66 in Albuquerque and lazily winding it's way up into the mountain towns, past the towns, higher into the mountian, down a back pass, to the front of mountian and back into Albuquerque, picking up the towns of Carnuel, Tijeras, Hobbies, San Antonio, Cedar Crest, Canoncito, San Antonito, Sandia Park, and Placitas along the way, as well as a brief concluding chapter on Albuquerque touching on its growth into the mountain. Some of the pictures in this book are completely astounding to see. There are amazing photos of areas with just a few cattle grazing around that now have freeways and strip malls running through them. Pictures of places, if you know that area, you would never recognize. Pictures of Hippies and TB patients alike escaping into the mountains. People who made this town that you never knew who now you can know.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Philbrick on April 10, 2007
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It's hard to stop reading, engrossing, hard to stop reading!

My wife and are enjoying this book immensely, well written and the details of the areas of the places around us here in Tijeras are fantastic. This book brings the rich history to light in an enjoyable read. The photographs are amazing, to see the places as they were and are now.

Mike Smith, the author is extremely accessible for any questions or comments about his book, the region and the history.

Definitely a five star book, run now to get yours!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Australian Shepherds Rock on April 3, 2008
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This book has wonderful stories of the rich history of communities of the Sandia Mountains. The photos are wonderful, and really add to the stories. The geographic orientation, beginning with Carnuel, and working around the mountain to Placitas emphasizes the rich variety of the area. I highly recommend it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gus in New Mexico on February 18, 2008
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Out of all the Images of America books by Arcadia I have looked at over the past few months this one is by far the best. The book was written with love and care by someone who obviously loves the area and knows it very well. It is also the most imaginatavely layed out Arcadia book out all of them that I own. The book has many great photos as well as vintage postcards, maps, and advertisements. Needless to say its a must have for anyone living in the Sandia Mountains but also a wonderful addition to any New Mexico library.
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