RIO RANCHO, N.M. — Being a lifelong learner and especially interested about history in recent years, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to hear about the history of Sandoval County.
Last Wednesday afternoon, I headed to Meadowlark Senior Center, where, along with about two-dozen other folks, I was treated to just that by renowned local historian and archivist Martha Liebert. When a person has a library named after them, as Liebert has in Bernalillo, instant credibility is attached.
Liebert started her presentation with geology — where it all started 110 million years ago, give or take a century. She explained how the Rio Grande Trench cut the state in half, a little about the formation of the Valles Caldera and a series of arroyos leading into what is known as “Rio Abajo” from the Sandias to the east.