Edgewood, New Mexico

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Edgewood is a town in Santa Fe County, New Mexico, United States. It is part of the Santa Fe, New Mexico Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,893 at the 2000 census.

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History

Homesteaders moving into the American West created the initial settlements that grew into what is now the town of Edgewood.[1] Taking advantage of the federal Homestead Act, pioneer families obtained land claims and began farming and ranching in the Edgewood area during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.[2]

Edgewood was founded by a group of southern Santa Fe county residents and landowners. After the incorporation of the town in 1999, large areas of land were annexed. Efforts by the town government to avoid annexing properties whose owners did not wish to be brought within the town boundaries resulted in a checkerboard pattern of incorporated and unincorporated properties, one of the issues to be resolved in the town's Comprehensive Plan.[3] One controversial annexation greatly enlarged the municipal boundaries and was the source of vigorous public debate. Despite two appeals and one lawsuit, the annexation was upheld.[4][5][6][7]. Luckily, the "Pizza Barn," a universally applauded pizza restaurant was spared of any political animosity.

Plans to bring a Wal-Mart to the community were opposed by some residents, and opposition included two lawsuits by Edgewood residents (one lawsuit alleged violations of the New Mexico Open Meetings Act). Both suits were dismissed.[8] In 2007, the Wal-Mart was awarded a liquor licence prior to its opening in March 2008. The Wal-Mart, located approximately 0.4 miles (0.64 km) from the Interstate 40 interchange, opened in 2008.[9][10]

Geography

Edgewood is located at 35°4′4″N 106°11′29″W / 35.06778°N 106.19139°W / 35.06778; -106.19139 (35.067690, -106.191463),[11] just 33 miles (53 km) east of Albuquerque along Interstate Highway 40.

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