Bernalillo County Post Office History
This Project made possible by James W. White
Transcribed by C. W. Barnum Bernalillo County Post Offices
Arranged by date of establishment Return to Home Page
Albuquerque April 17, 1851
Alamada December 10, 1866
Pajarito January 28, 1868
Isleta September 26, 1882
Chilili October 23, 1882
Old Albuquerque February 2, 1883
Tijeras August 29, 1888
Atrisco April 6, 1892
Gurule June 23, 1896
Escobosa January 17, 1900
Herrera January 26, 1900
Martinez January 13, 1902
Milagros May 28, 1903
Padillas May 26, 1903
Carpenter August 29, 1903
Griegos September 15, 1903
Armijo June 4, 1906
Kemp August 1, 1907
Barton January 7, 1908
Platero April 12, 1916
Herreraville November 16, 1920
Helwig March 4, 1922
Cedar Crest March 1, 1925
Sandia Park November 13, 1925
Miera May 4, 1935

Mail Transportation
Bernalillo County

Mail was carried through the area by the 'Mission Supply Service' as early as 1599. This supply route originated in Mexico City and made the round trip every three years. Alameda was first settled in 1696 and San Felipe de Albuquerque was founded in 1706 with 35 families totaling 252 people. Neither Albuquerque nor Alameda had an official post office under the Spanish or Mexican Governments.
With the Alcalde responsible for the mail and revenues, Albuquerque did receive its mail from Mexico and Spain every three years directly from the Mission Supply Service from 1706 to 1750. In 1750, the service was increased to once a year with a route to Chihuahua.
Since communication was required between the Spanish settlements, military dispatches would have carried personal as well as official correspondence from Santa Fe. The first scheduled mail runs were not made until 1873. The Mission Supply Service was again changed in 1783 to terminate in El Paso and the frequency of the trips increased to one every three or four months. In 1815, the service was improved and the mail was received and dispatched monthly.
Albuquerque first received mail from the United States in 1822 via Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Trail. This service continued even after New Mexico was captured by Colonel Stephen Kearny in 1846.
A-11 of the Mexican mail routes were terminated with the capture on New Mexico. In Albuquerque, mail and official documents were delivered by military dispatch riders to a new post west of the old town plaza. It was not until 1849 that Albuquerque first received mail directly from the southern United States over a newly established road between San Antonio and El Paso, Texas. On April 17, 1851, Albuquerque was established as the 3rd United States Post Office in the New Mexico Territory. The mail was received from a newly established stage route between Santa Fe and a stage route was established between Santa Fe and San Antonio, Texas, via El Paso.
On March 2, 1862, the residents of Albuquerque discovered the Confederate flag flying above the town. All mail service was stopped with the occupation and did not resume, under war time conditions, until the Confederates were defeated at Glorieta Pass and driven back to El Paso. Alameda became the second post office to be established in Bernalillo County on December 10, 1866. It was added to the stage route from Santa Fe.
The first mail carried by train arrived in Albuquerque on April 5, 1880. The expansion of the railroad led to the opening of the Isleta Post Office on September 26, 1882. The Chilili Post Office was opened on October 23, 1882, and created the need to establish a new mail route out of the Manzano Post Office. The mail for this community in the southeastern corner of the county was routed to Los Lunas on the railroad and sent to Manzano on a star route.
The railroad tracks were laid two miles east of the Albuquerque plaza. This , led to the establishment of the New Albuquerque Post Office on February 10, 1881. To resolve a political crisis, the Old Albuquerque Post Office was opened on February 2, 1883. Around the mid 1880's a mule-drawn street railway was built to connect the two towns. The railway was used to transport mail between the two post offices. A stage line was established between Albuquerque and Cuba about 1885. This new route also carried the mail for Alameda. The Tijeras Post Office was established on August 29, 1888. A star route was established out of the Albuquerque Post Office to deliver the mail.
This route was later extended to deliver mail to other offices in the east mountain area. The New Mexico Central Railroad (NMC RR) was completed in 1903 from Santa Fe to Torrance. The mail for Chilili was then routed to the McIntosh Post Office and delivered to Chilili by a new route. The Barton (Fdgewood) Post Office, originally established in western Bernalillo County in 1908, was routed to Moriarty on the NMC RR.
Electric streetcars were installed in Albuquerque in 1905 to replace the horse drawn cars that connected the two parts of Albuquerque. These cars were also used to transport mail between the two offices. The Cedar Crest and Sandia Park Post Offices were established in 1925. This created the need to extend the Tijeras route. The Western Air Express (WAF,) and the Transcontinental Air Transport (TAT) merged in 1930 to form Transcontinental and Western Air, Inc. (TWA) and secured a contract that made Albuquerque an important link in the post office's new transcontinental Airmail service. TWA's inaugural flight on October 25, 1930, also carried Airmail.
Varney Speed Lines (Continental) received an airmail contract on July 15, 1934 connecting Albuquerque with El Paso and Pueblo, Colorado. Although Albuquerque was the only office in Bernalillo County to receive air service, it did improve the mail service to all of the offices.
On July 1, 1963, with the creation of Zip Code, Albuquerque became a Sectional Center Facility (SCF). The Albuquerque Post Office became responsible for the processing and distribution of mail to all of the 870 ZIP Code offices. New Highway Contract Routes (HCRS) were established to all areas of the state. Very few changes were needed in Bernalillo County. The frequency of some of the routes was increased and all of the offices in service now received mail daily.
The Railway Post Office service had been decreasing for several years and ended on October 14, 1967. Although some mail was still transported on trains, the largest portion of first class mail now traveled by air or truck. Since the HCR service was already in place, this had very little impact on the offices in the county. The transportation of mail in Bernalillo County has changed very little since the 1960s. Of the twenty five post offices that have been established in the county, only five remain in service as independent offices.

Post Masters:

ALAMEDA

Antonio Lerma December 10, 1866
Discontinued - August 3, 1868
Maximo A. Perea April 24, 1890
Luciano Kempe (acting) April 4, 1894
Ludwig Kempenich April 28, 1894
Bernard Falkenrich February 16, 1900 
Maximo Chavez July 27, 1912
Bernard Falkenrich November 3, 1913
Ludwig Kempenich December 11, 1918
Maximo A. Perea May 6, 1920
Moses Santillanes January 22, 1930
Faustina Santillanes April 5, 1938

ALBUQUERQUE

Albuquerque:
John Webber April 17, 1851
Spencer M. Baird October 11, 1851
Henry Winslow November 13, 1852
Simon Rosenstein February 28, 1856
Henry Winslow May 31, 1856
Hezekiah S. Johnson December 28, 1860
Melchior Werner July 19, 1862
Vincente A. Otero May 28, 1874
Santiago Baca May 23, 1877
Sarah M. Day March 3, 1879
Militon Chavez August 4, 1879
John A. Hill May 10, 1881
Discontinued June 21, 1882
New Albuquerque
Name changed to Albuquerque June 23, 1882
Fred H. Kent February 10, 1881
Thomas Hughes July 1, 1882
William Walker August 3, 1885 
Hallum G. Williamson March 24, 1890
Alexander M. Whitcomb September 27, 1890 
Ernest A. Grunsfeld October 30, 1894 
Justo R. Armijo January 13, 1899 
Robert W. Hopkins July 18, 1901
Henry C. Roehl March 11, 1914 
Berthold Spitz March 30, 1921 
Roy L. Cook September 14, 1933 
John A. Werner August 31, 1937 
Hugh P. Cooper November 30, 1953 
John P. McFarland May 2, 1958
Richard J. Pino July 10, 1964 
Mel B. Sanchez (OIC) November 22, 1982 
Joseph A. Ryan (OIC) December 3, 1982 
William M. Kobus March 19, 1983 
Victor M. Walters (OIC) September 6, 1985 
Rodney A. Smith November 23, 1985 
David G. Hunter (OIC) November 14, 1988 
William A. Bordone January 14, 1989 
Alvino C. Provencio December 12, 1992 
James Eric Martinez September 9, 1996 
Victor Benavidez (OIC) August 7, 2000 
John J. Tuleja October 21, 2000

ARMAJO
Postmasters:
Jose F. Armijo June 4, 1906 Discontinued - March 30, 1907
William N. Ferguson November 10, 190-
Juan P. Saavedra June 20, 1912
Jose B. Armijo July 30, 1913
Frank C. Sanchez June 2 1922
Eli Sanchez February 15, 1924
Margaret Hogrefe June 7, 1934

ATRISCO
Manuel A. Jaramillo April 6, 1892 Discontinued - April 20, 1893
Francisca S. de Gingras January 31, 1907 Antonio F. Baca July 29, 1907

BARTON
Mary S. Klock January 7, 1908
Wallace B. Jones November 3, 1913
Jessie F. Ash June 1, 1918
Sylvia Lee Ash January 11, 1921
William Thomas Northam May 25, 1923
Pearl Guest February 20, 1925
Helen L. (Caulk) Reeves January 11, 1933      

CARPENTER
Jose R. Carpenter August 29, 1903

CEDAR CREST

Carl B. Webb March 1, 1925 Robert A. Wilkinson (act) June 25, 1956
Frank L. King November 21, 1928 Lyda B. Bruner November 16, 1956
Simeon G. Wright November 24, 1931 Sonja H. Schwartz September 1, 1972
Gertrude Wright February 28, 1935 Evelyn Stewart (OIC) January 22, 1982
L. Marie Blagg August 18, 1940 Shirley M. DeMedina (OIC) February 1, 1982
Eva L. Winkler (act) December 16, 1944 Ernest Barnes July 24, 1982
Nellie Mae McCharen February 20, 1946 Teresa L. Rogers (OIC) September 28, 1985
Dorthy A. Gifford August 29, 1947 Yvonne Schreck (OIC) January 24, 1986
Elmo G. Graft December 15, 1948 Rita A. White April 26, 1986
Emily A. Rhoads (act) May 23, 1955 Kathleen Mahar (OIC) March 25, 2000
Helyne Williams (act) June 30, 1955 Dannette Salazar July 15, 2000

CHILILI

Milton Dow October 23, 1882
Adolfo Salas May 16, 1905
Raymond Sanchez April 3, 1907
Aurelio Gutierrez August 13, 1921
Viviana Mora March 14, 1934

ESCOBOSA
Filomeno Mora January 17, 1900 Discontinued February 13, 1904
Vivian Rael October 22, 1921
Frank C. Mora July 15, 1922
Felomena Mora April 28, 1930
Discontinued October 31, 1933
Walter V. Young May 16, 1937
Sara J. Gibbs November 27, 1937

GRIEGOS
David M. Perea September 15, 1903

GURULE
Felipe J. Gurule June 23, 1892

HELWEG
Benjamin H:Benjamin E. Helweg March 4, 1922

HERRERA
Nicholas Herrera January 26, 1900

HERRERAVILLE
Veranda Herrera November 16, 1920

ISLETA

Joseph Tondre September 26, 1882 August G. Seis October 5, 1905 
Discontinued February 21, 1883 Agnes Averyt May 20, 1933
Archibald Rea September 27, 1887  Pablo Abeita February 4, 1938 
Charles F. Lummis December 22, 1890  Joe S. Abeita January 7, 1941 
Etoile V. Bushenville September 7, 1892  Fernando Lucero February 12, 1948 
John B. Guerin December 29, 1894  Rosenda J. Lucero January 10, 1955 
Henry D. Becker September 28, 1896  Kayrene Cullen (OIC) January 25, 1980 
Clifton Hill July 12, 1897  Frank Vigil May 31, 1980

KEMP
Dina Kemp August 1, 1907

MARTINEZ Daniel Martinez January 13, 1902 

MIERA Sara J. Gibbs May 4, 1935

MILAGROS
Thomas A. Birnie May 28, 1902
Martin G. Nelson November 4, 1904
James F. Mullen December 15, 1905

AMIJO - OLD ALBUQUERQUE

Melchior Werner February 2, 1883  M. L. Albers July 27, 1912 
William A. Smith February 8, 1883  Charles Mann, Jr. June 29, 1914
William McGuinness August 14, 1883  Menhard L. Albers December 21, 1921 
Theodore H. Wells December 3, 1885 Pedro G. Duran (acting) January 25, 1926
Changed to Old Albuquerque March 22, 1886 Aurelia M. Gutierrez February 16, 1927
Candelario Martinez September 17, 1887  Mrs. Vicente Pacheco (act) August 1, 1933
George E. Denney May 3, 1888 Aurora B. Pacheco May 12, 1934
Charles Mann January 21, 1907 

PADILLAS
Joseph B. Lucero May 26, 1903 
Patrocinio Chavez March 2, 1907
Lewis M. Lancaster November 13, 1907
Jose G. Lewis July 25, 1908
Jose F. Chavez October 13, 1909
Rachel L. Chaves November 21, 1913

PAJARITO

William H. Metzgar January 28, 1868  Jose F. Hubbell January 27, 1886 
Patrick Weldon January 31, 1871  W. H. H. Metzgar April 26, 1886
Juan Chaves y Rubi March 13, 1871 Discontinued May 21, 1886
Discontinued October 23, 1871  Frank A. Hubbell March 25, 1890 
Thomas Scott June 24, 1874  Jose F. Hubbell June 24, 1898 
Discontinued April 29, 1875  Mary H. Hubbell November 22, 1910 
Juan Chavez y Pena March 28, 1879  Harrold Hubbell August 9, 1929
Discontinued June 8, 1883 

PLATERO
Maggie Platero April 12, 1916

SANDIA PARK

Hezekiak B. Hammond November 13, 1925 David Kesner (OIC) February 23, 1990
Dayton E. Dalbey November 6, 1930 David Horcasitas April 7, 1990
Vance Tilton (acting) February 27, 1934 Ruth Ann Brown (OIC) February 24, 1998
George Earl Shahan April 26, 1934 Brian L. Archuleta (OIC) May 5, 1998 
Vance Tilton September 21, 1935 Anthony Baca (OIC) September 30, 1998
Corwin C. Tilton October 28, 1946 Joseph Valdez (OIC) January 16, 1999
Margaret Tilton (OIC) July 1, 1977 Mickie Silva (OIC) June 4, 1999
Jerry M. Hickey January 13, 1979 Marcia R. Weingarten (OIC) December 6, 1999
William Cavin (OIC) November 13, 1989 Rita White March 25, 2000
Karen D. Granger (OIC) January 12, 1990

ZAMORA TIJERAS

Francisco Somora August 29, 1888  Nadine Strech (act) July 17, 1957 
Discontinued April 17, 1890 Richard L. Miller July 30, 1958 
Clara M. Schoenberg November 1, 1913  Mrs. I. D. Miller (OIC) June 30, 1972
Dina Kemp February 13, 1917  Rose B. Morris November 25, 1972 
William Garcia (acting) March 10, 1924  Fernando J. Salinas (OIC) July 6, 1984 
Carl B. Webb July 18 1924  Orlando J. Guerrero, (OIC) November 16, 1984 
Post Office Moved  Nancy Metnik January 19, 1985 
Name Changed to Cedar Crest March 1, 1925 Simone J. Platt (OIC) October 9, 1985 
Zamora PO Established October 20, 1938 John Patrick MacPhee July 19, 1986 
Helen L. Reeves October 20, 1938 Martha Harris (OIC) October 2, 1992 
Edna Mae Walton October 1, 1942  Earnest Barnes January 9, 1993 
Name changed to Tijeras February 1, 1947

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