When Kit Carson Park was a cow pasture

And nine other historic photos of the Huning Castle neighborhood
From 1918, cattle grazing in what is thought to be Rio Grande Park, later renamed for Kit Carson. Though the city has lately been looking for new and creative ways to "activate" parks, we're guessing this is not what they have in mind.
From 1950, part of the Albuquerque Country Club under construction. 
Exactly where this photo was taken from is unknown (as is the date), and we spent quite a while trying to figure it out on Google Earth without a eureka moment. Our best guess - using the Sandias and street pattern as a guide - is that we're on Laguna looking northeast toward the intersection with Park and San Pasquale. But the left turn to San Pasquale looks a bit stark in this picture, so we still entertain doubts. Also note that the picture seems to have been taken from a car, the hood of which can just barely be seen at the bottom.
Circa 1930 or so, this is thought to be the construction of the country club's golf course. We're looking north, and the pointy building at the top-left is the Bernalillo County Courthouse in Old Town.
Here's that same courthouse building up close in 1884. It was located at the intersection of Central and Lomas.
Back in the Huning Castle neighborhood, this undated photo shows a house near Forest Park that is still around today.
This house on Laguna, shown in 1938, is also still around. The moonscape of a yard in this picture would seem to indicate that construction was recent.
From 1884, the original Castle Huning, at 15th and Central (then known as Railroad, you can see the tracks in the foreground). The photographer was Emma Albright, who was something of a celebrity in her field. That star power may have helped her corral the Huning family into actually posing for this picture. (Zoom in to find them on the second-story balcony.)
Here's the Huning Family again. Franz, the German-American merchant who arrived in Albuquerque a few decades before the railroad in 1852 and ended up with a 700-acre estate, is the one with the beard. Wife Ernestine is to the left. The rest of the family members are not identified.
Finally, an aerial view of the neighborhood, circa 1960. We're looking south, and the edge of Forest Park is in the lower-left corner. The closest east-west street we see is Los Alamos, followed by Park. In the top left, we can see the bottom few stories of the large multi-story building at Alcalde and Coal.
Many thanks to archivist Jillian Hartke and the team at the Albuquerque Museum for their assistance. AM maintains an extensive and still-growing collection of historic photographs, and members of the public can make research appointments to view them.

Credits, in the order of photo appearance, are as follows: 
  1. Albuquerque Museum, gift of Bob Davis Photography
  2. Albuquerque Museum, gift of Albuquerque National Bank
  3. Albuquerque Museum, gift of Bob Davis Photography
  4. Albuquerque Museum, gift of Bob Davis Photography
  5. Albuquerque Museum, gift of Diane Gerow
  6. Albuquerque Museum, gift of John Airy
  7. Albuquerque Museum, gift of Albuquerque National Bank
  8. Albuquerque Museum, gift of Historic Albuquerque, Inc.
  9. Albuquerque Museum, gift of James H. Mielke
  10. Albuquerque Museum, gift of Bob Davis Photography
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