The Golden Spur Saloon
U.S. Highway 60, Magdalena, New Mexico
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"The Santa Fe Super Chief"
Putting a trestle bridge over an arroyo on the
from Socorro to Magdalena, so we are told.
Photos above courtesy of Socorro County Historical Society.
Below - the Magdalena railway depot is now the village library.
We've got TWO phones!!
And they BOTH work!!
It's all miraculous!!
(Write to this guy if you have any questions - or complaints!)
(The Chamber of Commerce folks)
(Brief overview of the town with some demographics)
(Info about the ghost town of Kelly)
(Map and a few details about the end of a railway branch line)
(Info about the Magdalena Ridge Observatory)
(Website for the largest radio astronomy facility in the world!)
(Author, Character, Customer)
Above are both pics of a "drovers caboose" - first a Santa Fe Railway model,
and beneath it the interior of a Chicago & Northwestern Railroad unit in 1939.
As you can see, there's ample room for seating and sleeping 4.
These special cabooses were made not just for train crew, but also cowboys,
cattle were shipped by rail. The cowboys would check on the cattle
when the train made water stops for the steam locomotives,
and then would be responsible for the unloading, when they
had reached Kansas City, or wherever the destination was,
generally in the Midwest.
And then, it was back on a 2nd class train to Magdalena.,
generally "The Scout" or "The Grand Canyon."
For many cowboys, this would be their first trip out of the region.
Above -The Super Chief (Chicago to Los Angeles) ran through
New Mexico from Raton to Albuquerque, and on through Gallup
For many New Mexicans, either this train or others of the Santa Fe
The Grand Canyon, The Scout, The El Capitan,
The San Francisco Chief, The El Pasoan) would be their
ticket to the world beyond The Land of Enchantment.
For folks in Magdalena, it simply meant taking "The Maggie"
(as the train between Magdalena and Socorro was affectionately known)
to Socorro, and then getting on "The El Pasoan,"
which ran through the Rio Grande Valley between
El Paso and Albuquerque.
And there, you could head off -
to visit relatives, to do business
to go to war,
(and many did over the years),
or school, or vacation,
or maybe just to ride the
The video below is for the train lovers in the audience.
Above - The Super Chief always had a thirty minute stop in
Albuquerque, to take on fuel, and give the passengers time
to stretch their legs, and check out The Indian Building at
The Alvarado Hotel, an original Harvey House,
demolished in the early 70's.
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