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In 1889, barely a decade after the arrival of the railroad, the University of New Mexico was founded just over a mile east of the tracks, pushing the city’s expansion further east. Today UNM is New Mexico’s largest university, occupying over 600 acres along the old Route 66 (now Central Avenue) and serving more than 25,000 students.
Distance from Airport: 5.45 miles/8.77 kilometers
Activities: Golfing, Performing Arts, Galleries, Lectures, Café Dining, Eclectic Shopping
Highlights: University of New Mexico, est. 1889
The University of New Mexico was founded in 1889. Today, it is the state’s flagship university with more than 25,000 students. The lively area surrounding UNM is full of colorful cafes, eclectic shops, trendy taverns and plenty of affordable lodging options. The University is one of the city’s major cultural centers, hosting a symphony orchestra, theater and dance performances, art exhibits and lectures. UNM is also home to the world-renowned Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, which specializes in artifacts and collections of the Southwest.
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