A discussion of the railroad’s historical impact on New Mexico is set for February 8th.  “Change Comes with the Railroads” is a free public talk by Joanne Beer, curator at the Las Cruces Railroad Museum, and will be held at the Branigan Cultural Center in Las Cruces. Las Cruces is the second-largest city in New Mexico, located in the south-central region of the state, some 46 miles north-west of El Paso, Texas.

Las Cruces Depot
Historic Photo of Las Cruces Depot / Image – las-cruces.org 

Ms. Beer will explore the connection between New Mexico’s population growth and the coming of the railroad, and also the role of Fred Harvey in changing passenger train travel. Harvey, an immigrant from the United Kingdom, established eating houses and hotels along such railroads as the Sante Fe (in 1876). The Las Cruces Railroad Museum itself is located in an historic Sante Fe Railroad depot.

Additionally, Ms. Beer will discuss the historic routing of rail into Las Cruces, and the 1890 caboose on the museum’s grounds.

Las Cruces RR Museum
Image – foundationlcm.com

“Change Comes with the Railroads” is part of the “History Notes” lecture series held at the Branigan Cultural Center, and is slated for 1pm on the Thursday.

(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)

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