Castañeda: Act II

Written by Maria Basileo
ROUTE Magazine

Steam rises in the distance as the Santa Fe railway train barrels into Las Vegas, New Mexico, and into the railway station. Passengers become onlookers as the train makes its stop near to the massive horseshoe-shaped building with the romantic sounding title “Castañeda Hotel” written on the front.

It was 1899, when the future president, Theodore Roosevelt and his Rough Riders, flooded Las Vegas for their first reunion. La Castañeda Hotel was only a year old, but would remain renowned for the next 120 years. More >

Environmental clean up at Rail Yards sheds light into historic past

By: Madeline Schmitt

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The long-anticipated transformation of the iconic Albuquerque Rail Yards is starting, but not before assuring the 100-year-old locomotive hub is safe for the public.
“Every time I walk out here, I can hear the old sounds,” Bart Faris said. “I can hear the people working and so forth. It really is kind of cool.”

Faris met up with KRQE News 13 on Friday at the Rail Yards. He’s a full-time environmental health manager for the City of Albuquerque and a part-time history buff. More >

The Wheels Museum fuels history in downtown Albuquerque

The Wheels Museum had an amazing opportunity when two brand new cars were donated to their museum. Sara Rose, your Guide to Living Local, and Samantha were there for an exclusive preview of the cars being dropped off, along with a history lesson on the vehicles.

Never heard of the Wheels Museum? “Wheels” is an acronym which stands for “We Have Everything Everyone Loves Spinning” and the museum is about the progress of society through moving. It’s an organization in the Albuquerque Rail Yards dedicated to collecting, preserving and creating educational exhibits about the history of transportation in Albuquerque and New Mexico with emphasis on the impact on the development of the area. Their collections embrace the history of the railroads, the impact of the rail yards on Albuquerque, as well as automobiles, horse and wagon, and other modes of transportation.

It’s located at 1100 Second Street SW, on the site of the historic Santa Fe Railroad Shops in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is now open for small groups, events, tours, and presentations.

Want to learn some fun facts about our moving society? Take our The History of Wheels Trivia Quiz!