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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: 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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