The Atrisco Land was faced with many challenges throughout the 1900s, including a steady decline in farming due to depleted grasslands, homesteading, government land management, and the commercial growth of Albuquerque. These factors, coupled with Westland Development’s distant and impersonal dealings with heirs, became problematic. As a result, heirs and shareholders were disillusioned. By a majority vote of Westland Shareholders, the Atrisco Land Grant was formally sold on December 12 to a commercial developer.

The sale was a divisive moment in Atrisco’s history. As a concessionary act during the sale, the Atrisco Heritage Foundation was created to promote and preserve the history of the land grant for future generations.