Belen, New Mexico
Culture, History, Historic House
The Santa Fe railroad arrived in Belen in 1880, when Belen was just a small farming community. For the next 25 years, there was little train traffic through Belen, because the main rail line went west from Albuquerque. But in 1908 the railroad opened a new line that avoided the steep grades over Raton Pass. This new line was the Belen cut-off, and it routed many more trains through Belen. Belen began to bustle.
Hillsboro, New Mexico
This privately owned history museum features mining artifacts and other pre-19th century area relics. The building was originally the Ocean Grove Hotel, owned by Madame Sadie Orchard, and later the Chinaman's Cafe.
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Art, Culture, History
The Branigan Cultural Center is housed in a 1935 Territorial Style building. Exhibit include: "Las Cruces: Crossroads of History" a permanent regional history exhibit, two changing exhibit galleries and educational programming provide insight into the region's interesting past and lively present.