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Title: Construction of the Belen Cutoff

Author(s): Southwest Crossroads Spotlight; William Penner

A brief history of the construction of the Belen Cutoff and its effects.

The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (commonly known as the AT&SF) formed in Kansas in the mid-nineteenth century with plans to build a railroad to Colorado and New Mexico. The AT&SF crossed into New Mexico via Raton Pass in 1878 and built south...

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Title: Abo Canyon Is The Best Way

Author(s): F. Meredith Jones (Author)

F. Meredith Jones writes to James Dun indicating Abo Canyon is the only easy way from the eastern plains through the mountains to the Rio Grande.

Belen, New Mexico, May 31, 1902 Mr. James Dun, Chief Engineer System, Chicago, Illinois Dear Sir: Complying with your request of May 5th to look over the country and report if a line could be had from the northwest point of Wallace’s sur...

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Title: Dad Had Charge of the Commissary There

Author(s): Tom Seery (Author); Randy Dunson (Oral Historian); William Penner (Editor)

Tom Seery talks about growing in Abo Canyon during the construction of the railroad.

We had a wood floor. I remember Dad had charge of the commissary and there was quite a camp. When I was a kid, they’d come in at night, feed the horses and get them ready, and then they’d eat and they’d go to bed. And they’d get up the next m...

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Title: Get Cut-off Contracts

Author(s): Unknown (Author)

Construction contracts are awarded and work is about to re-start on the Belen Cutoff.

The Santa Fe New Mexican, May 25, 1905 GET CUT-OFF CONTRACTS Orman & Crook, of Pueblo, and the Lantry & Sons’ Company, of Strong City, Kansas to Do the Work. Denver dispatches say that Orman & Crook, the well known railroad contractors of ...

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Title: Anything Was Wrong With The Track We Had To Fix It

Author(s): Fidel Padilla (Author); Shawn Kelley (Oral Historian); William Penner (Editor)

Fidel Padilla talks about working on the Scholle section gang for the Santa Fe Railway near Mountainair, New Mexico.

My father was first at work here in 1919 in Abo and then they hired me after him. He worked for 10 cents an hour. I started to work in 1940 for the Santa Fe Railroad. Then my brother Elfido worked in here. We both worked together in Scholle, Belen. ...

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Title: The First Hispanic Telegraph Operator

Author(s): Felix Gabaldon (Author); Shawn Kelley (Oral Historian); William Penner (Editor)

Felix Gabaldon talks about being the first Hispanic to work in a depot on the Santa Fe Railway in eastern New Mexico.

My first job was in Abo, about three weeks, maybe, and then I bumped somebody in Mountainair. I was there three, four years, then I went to Fort Sumner, worked there another maybe six, seven months. From Fort Sumner, I went to Roswell then to Dexter....

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Title: El Velador del Cañon de Abo

Author(s): Eliseo R. Sisneros (Author); Shawn Kelley (Oral Historian); William Penner (Editor)

Eliseo R. Sisneros talks about working for the Santa Fe Railway in eastern New Mexico.

One night there was a rock come down in Abo Canyon and it hit the electric warning fence and knocked a hole in it. They called the Belen Section and couldn’t find a foreman. So I went up there with the assistant foreman and a bunch of men to help t...

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Title: Scholle: A Portrait of a Railroad Community

Author(s): Southwest Crossroads Spotlight; William Penner

A brief history of Scholle, New Mexico, a railroad community on the Belen Cutoff.

Many communities in east-central New Mexico are relatively new when compared to those in the Rio Grande Valley and other parts of the state. When the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway constructed the Belen Cutoff, it opened an area for settleme...

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