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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: Proposed Bridge Over the Pecos River

Author(s): James Dun (Author)

James Dun writes to Lantry Sharp Contracting Company about the Santa Fe Railway’s plans to build a bridge over the Pecos River.

Chicago, Illinois, December 28, 1905 The Lantry Sharp Contracting Company, Gambel Building, Kansas City, Missouri Gentlemen: Replying to your letter of December 26, regarding Pecos River foundations, I enclose you plans and a copy of the s...

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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: Life At the Sais Crusher

Author(s): Bill Huckabay (Author); Shawn Kelley (Oral Historian); William Penner (Editor)

Bill Huckabay talks about life at the Sais Crusher where his father worked for the railroad overseeing quarry operations.

My dad was working as civil engineer for the railroad, and it was his job to make sure the contractor was doing what they were supposed to do at the crusher. My friend Albert McNeil’s dad (Louis McNeil) was the superintendent for the contracting co...

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Title: Wherever The Work Took Us, That’s Where We Went

Author(s): Randy Dunson (Author); Shawn Kelley (Oral Historian); William Penner (Editor)

Randy Dunson talks about growing up on the Belen Cutoff and the experiences his father, a track supervisor for the Santa Fe Railway in eastern New Mexico, had with Navajo work gangs.

The first eight years of my life were spent in a 40-foot wooden boxcar converted for living quarters. Up and down the Belen Cutoff; just wherever the work took us that’s where we went. I made every school between Clovis and Belen, except Yeso. We w...

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Title: Settlement and Homesteading in East-Central New Mexico

Author(s): Southwest Crossroads Spotlight; William Penner

A brief history of settlement and homesteading in east-central New Mexico.

New Mexico’s population grew during the nineteenth century. Hispano families began to settle beyond the Rio Grande Valley and establish new villages. Some communities obtained land grants from the Spanish or Mexican governments; others settled with...

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