Las Cruces: News Stand
Las Vegas: “Castaneda” Hotel
Montezuma: “Montezuma Castle”
Raton: Eating House
Rincon: Eating House
San Marcial: Santa Fe Hotel
Santa Fe: “La Fonda” Hotel
Vaughn: “Los Chaves” Hotel
New Mexico photo archives: University of Arizona Fred Harvey Collection
This very well-preserved 1910 “Mission Revival” depot is located on the west side of downtown, and sits along North Mesilla Street at the end of West Las Cruces Avenue. It looks very much like it did in the old postcard view, including the large news stand window. It houses the Las Cruces Railroad Museum.
The Castaneda on Railroad Avenue seen from Lincoln Street, NNE
The Castaneda Hotel from Railroad Avenue in front of the depot, 2007
The AT&SF ran along the east side of Las Vegas, with Railroad Avenue next to it to the west. The Castaneda Hotel is on Railroad Avenue between Lincoln Street and Douglas Avenue. It is right off of I-25 at the University Avenue exit. The Santa Fe Depot is immediately south of the hotel, and is restored as the Las Vegas Visitors Center, as well as a functional Amtrak station. This pair of pictures was taken in front of the depot. The second tall building on the left side of the street is the Rawlins Building, where the Harvey Girls lived.
Las Vegas was a major stop on the Old Santa Fe Trail. When the AT&SF Railroad steamed into Las Vegas on July 4, 1879, overnight a new town was born a mile east of the old Plaza. By 1881, the Las Vegas Street Railway operated streetcar service between the train depot of East Las Vegas and the Plaza of the original Las Vegas, west of the Gallinas River.
Rare image of wooden Harvey House, center, and depot, right
Remaining part of old wooden depot looking SE, 2011
These buildings were on the south side of the railroad tracks, across from the very small town of Rincon. The photos are taken from the main road that parallels the tracks. The I-25 bridge over the railroad tracks can be seen on the far left in the modern view.
The two-story depot has been reduced to one story. The bay window can be made out in both views. The wooden Harvey House, the building in the center, is gone. Note the water tower, which I assume is the same one as in the old image, helping to locate the Harvey House location.
This is the back side of the depot. The board and batten siding and lower wainscoting are noticeably the same. The first covered window seems to match the window in the one-story part of the depot in the foreground, and the doorway with the black door and the two windows beyond it seem to match those in the near end of the two-story part.
The two-story Harvey House would have been just past this building to the east.
I do not have any postcards of this site.