I ran out of food for my animals, do you have any?
No, the soil is very hard to grow crops with.
Impact of the Railroad
Is this the new train from Santa Fe?
Yes, we are here to protect it from the Native Americans.
This town is growing so much!
Yeah, lots of miners are coming to work here.
Farming in eastern New Mexico was very hard due to bad soil. Also because of a lack of water. This picture shows the lack of food animals.
Pass me the sugar please.
The Santa Fe Railroad company was the first to make a railroad in New Mexico. This helped bring economic growth in the territory. Thus, more people came to the west. The picture shows a boy asking a soldier questions
What you are seeing is an old temple that saw fighting in the Mexican-American War.
Boom-towns were towns that spring upon a single industry. Many boom-town in NM revolved about mining. Many became ghost towns, while others became cities. The picture shows two miners talking about the growth of the town.
Did you hear they robbed a train, now they have soldier protecting them.
Harvey Houses were a series of restaurants and hotels along the Santa Fe Railroad. Harvey Houses helped make the railroad a success. Also, women were mostly hired more than men. The picture shows harvey girls working in a kitchen.
Tourism became a large new business in New Mexico. Many people wanted to learn about the southwestern culture. However, some people thought NM's art was primitive and ugly. The picture shows a guard showing the ruins of a temple
I think it was destroyed in a battle.
New Mexico was lacking many laws due to few lawmen. Many towns didn't have sheriffs for long periods of time. Plus many criminals hide in cave and forests, making it hard to find them. The pictures shows two men talking about a train heist.