Happy Friday! This week’s photo feature is of the Las Vegas, New Mexico Santa Fe Railroad station.
Built in 1899, this railroad station was a major transportation hub for the growing southwest. It is the second largest train hub in Las Vegas, New Mexico, and its Spanish mission architecture reflects Las Vegas’s origins as a Spanish pueblo.
If this building looks familiar, it’s likely due to the station’s appearance in the 2000 film All the Pretty Horses, a film that actually helped spearhead the renovation project to protect and preserve the railroad station. In addition to Hollywood glamour, this station has seen its fair share of notable figures in southwestern history, including Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid, and Jesse James. Plus, President Theodore Roosevelt’s Rough Riders named Las Vegas, New Mexico as their official reunion home in 1899.
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