Albuquerque: “Alvarado” Hotel
Belen: Santa Fe Hotel
Clovis: “Gran Quivira” Hotel
Deming: Union Station Eating House
Gallup: “El Navajo” Hotel
Lamy: “El Ortiz” Hotel
New Mexico photo archives: University of Arizona Fred Harvey Collection
The Belen Harvey House is located at 104 North First Street, which is about 6 blocks east of Main Street. It is in the block between Becker and Dalies Avenues. The tracks run N-S through town down the Rio Grande valley between Albuquerque and El Paso.
There is a very nice Harvey House Museum in the Belen Harvey House. This is primarily located in the former Dining Room. There are other displays upstairs in the guest and staff rooms. The Belen Model Railroad Club has a layout taking up the entire Lunch Room. There are many great features that remain: Lunch Room paneling, intact news stand and office, stained glass windows, swinging kitchen doors, etc. One of the most interesting things in the Museum is a pair of original ornate lion chairs from the La Posada Lounge.
Both buildings still exist. The station is now the Clovis Depot Model Train Museum. The hotel is all closed up, presumably used as storage. It looks very forlorn all overgrown with ivy vines — quite possibly the same plants that are seen covering the walls in the antique postcard.
The tracks run approximately east-west. The Santa Fe Station is on the north side of the tracks just east of the foot of Connelly Street. The Gran Quivira Hotel is directly east of the station and just west of the foot of Mitchell Street, which is one block west of Main Street. 1st Street runs roughly parallel to the tracks, but the buildings are set back and not on that street.
By the way, the old Santa Fe Hospital building still exists, and is now the Clovis Christian School. It is located to the NW in the block bounded by 8th and 9th Streets, Calhoun and Hinkle Streets, facing Hinkle on the east.
Deming is famous as the locale of the silver spike, for in March 1881, the town became the site of the completion of the second transcontinental railroad, uniting the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe (ATSF) from the east with the Southern Pacific from the west.
Upon the joining of the two lines, Deming received a “union station” building serving both railroads. It was a large two story structure that served as both the depot and a hotel. In addition to the station, the town also gained a Harvey House restaurant.
In 1930, the station was remodeled into a one story building. In 2004, it was relocated to Pit Park where it can be admired by visitors. [From The Great American Stations]
The depot was between the two railroads’ tracks. There was an electric pumping station immediately west of the depot, across from the southern tracks. Pictures show either a fountain or a wooden pump house surrounded by a rectangular concrete pool. The orange barrier marks the location of the well, and there are remains of the concrete pool around it in the sand. The very early hand-colored postcard may be showing the well in the lower left corner before that area was fully developed with the pool and a park.
The location today is immediately east of where North Gold Avenue [US-180]passes under the tracks. The tracks are north of I-10. The interstate frontage road passes very close to where the rectangular pool was. Google Maps’ current satellite map actually shows the western remnant of the depot in its original location, plus the rectangular pool and the pump house. You can get on the frontage road using Google’s Street View, and see the old wooden pump house! It is gone now, including much of the concrete, except for the orange safety barrier where the well is. My focus on the pumping station is only for the purpose of identifying the exact location of the depot, which I had no knowledge of and which has no sign of where it was along the tracks.
The surviving western one-story portion of the depot is shown in the same orientation as the postcard. The roof has a different pitch to it, but there is the stub of the chimney with an 'x' cross section as in the postcard, indicating which is the western end. Also note the matching window pattern: 1 long, 2 long, [door missing], 3 shorter, door, 3 shorter, ...
The Lunch Room's entrance was the door which has been replaced with a baggage door. Presumably, the door was at the room’s center so that the Lunch Room included the set of windows either side of it. At the far [east] end of the Lunch Room was the news stand, which used the last window for its trackside patrons. There was what looks like a breezeway through the building past the news stand. The Dining Room was after that, in the missing section of the original depot. The second story began just this side of the Lunch Room door. Was the near [west] end the kitchen? There is that large vent on the roof, which may indicate that.
This structure was moved from its original trackside location to an obscure spot east of town across the street from Voiers Pit Park. There was no sign identifying what it was. It was closed, but there were some historical pictures on the walls inside. To find this travelling Harvey House, go east from Gold Avenue about a mile on East Pine Street, the main E-W road through town, then turn left on North Country Club Road. It will be in the right after about a quarter mile.
This and Florence, Kansas are the only 19th century wooden Harvey Restaurants I can think of that are still in existance.
“El Navajo New Santa Fe Hotel and Station,” hotel on the right
Station view from I-40 looking SSE, hotel was to the right, 2007
The Gallup El Navajo Santa Fe Hotel was south of the tracks on U. S. Route 66. South of Route 66, 1st Street and Puerco Drive T-ed into the highway on the west and east sides of the Hotel, respectively. There is a parking lot there now. The station was originally attached and still exists east of the hotel site in the block between Puerco Drive and Strong Drive to the east. There is a river bed just north of the tracks and I-40 runs north of that.
“S. F. Depot & Harvey House,” right, Wells Fargo addition on left
Wells Fargo and depot on far right, view SW, 2007
In 1996 the Southwest Indian Foundation took possession of the newly renovated Sante Fe Depot, and it became The Gallup Cultural Center. Its address is 201 East Highway 66.
El Navajo Hotel: original - l. center, new wing - right, depot - far left
Platform view of original station section, looking east, 2007
The 1923 El Navajo was a masterpiece designed by Fred Harvey's architect, Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter in a modernistic pueblo style. You can see from this series of pictures that there were several expansions to both the station and hotel sides of the building. The El Navajo closed in 1957 and was torn down. There was an earlier wooden Harvey House in Gallup dating from 1895 which burned.
“Birdseye view of Lamy” NNE, Depot & El Ortiz right-center
Looking NE from US-285 bridge towards Lamy at upper left, 2007
The left postcard photo of the village of Lamy was taken from the peak in the modern photo on the right, which was not accessible for a comparative photo. The view is looking north towards Apache Canyon in the Glorieta Mountains. The El Ortiz Hotel is the white building center right. The depot is the dark building to the left of it. The junction of the spur heading up to Santa Fe is to the left of the depot, and can be seen running behind the tall coal chute. In the right photo you can see the tracks approaching the town and the river bed, as in the postcard.
Here is a Bing Maps view of downtown Lamy with the depot and the El Ortiz site to its right. Note the visible brick passenger platforms that ran in front of the hotel.
Original El Ortiz Hotel; Dining Room on left, news stand, then lobby
El Ortiz Hotel site looking north, 2008
Lamy [pronounced LA-mie] is located about 18 miles south of Santa Fe. Take I-25N until Exit 290 for US-285S. Turn left on CR-33 before getting to the railroad tracks. Lamy is likely the smallest town to have had a significant Harvey Hotel.
Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter's charming and cozy El Ortiz Hotel operated from 1910 to 1938. There was a little open “placita” surrounded by the lobby on the front side and most of the 12 rooms on two of the other sides.
El Ortiz Hotel with Lunch Room addition in foreground
El Ortiz Hotel site looking NNE from old passenger platform, 2007
The news stand was originally between the Dining Room door and the hotel entrance. When the lunch counter wing was added, the news stand was just to the right of the Lunch Room door, which is directly behind the lamp post in the vintage photo.
These two photos were taken in front of the original Santa Fe station, which is an active Amtrak stop. The Santa Fe station retains some Mary Colter design elements.
Just like in the old days, you can get off the train on the main line at Lamy and ride another train, the Santa Fe Southern Railway, up the spur to Santa Fe’s historic Santa Fe depot, where there is a railroad-related gift shop.
While in tiny Lamy, be sure to arrange a visit to the Lamy Railroad & History Museum across from the station, open by request only. This museum, which includes some local Fred Harvey history, is located in the Pflueger General Merchandise Store built in 1881 and the Annex Saloon built in 1884.
You have now covered all of “downtown” Lamy!
New Santa Fe Hotel, looking SW towards the station
Old passenger platform and El Ortiz site with distant station, 2008
This pair of views looks SW towards Albuquerque. The postcard shows the eastern hotel end of the complex. The prominent left corner with the double windows and the small window is the manager's room. To the right of it are five rooms with a single large window. The middle small window is a communal bathroom. The last small window is a linen room. The remaining seven rooms were around the corner along the back wall.
The distant station is seen in the vintage photo with its original tower, which has been removed. The old brick passenger platforms are very well-preserved. The inner one is shorter than the outer one.
There is a historical sign with a floor plan in the Railroad Park seen on the right surrounded by the low fence. It indicates the El Ortiz was torn down 1943.