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  • Homesteading/Ranching
  • ♪♪Hmm, Hm, Hmm♪♪
  • Impact of the Railroad
  • *Loud train noises* VROOM VROOM *Loud train noises)
  • Boomtowns/Mining
  • The good ol' days...
  • This picture shows a settler who was provided 160 acres of federal or public domain land by the government as part of the Homestead Act of 1862. In exchange for the land he had to pay a small fee and were required to live on the land for 5 years in order to gain ownership of it. He was also required to "improve" the land in order to encourage more westward migration. 
  • Harvey Houses
  • Looks delicious!  Thank you very much!
  • The railroad, shown in this picture, greatly helped NM connect with the rest of the US. Now it was easier to reach there then ever before, and more people were able to settle. Overall it greatly helped populate NM, and encouraged tourism.
  • Tourism
  • This is such a great place to retreat to during the winter back up north!
  • Fitzgerald Barbers
  • I love the Pueblo pottery made here! I can't wait to put some in our home.
  • Boomtowns such as Silver City are cities that quickly became popular overnight over a single industry. Most of these revolved around mining a precious mineral found there. However, when most of the minerals had been mined, the towns would become abandoned ghost towns. This is a picture of miners standing in Silver City. 
  • Wild West
  • You outlaws still think it's the olden times here?! Now you gotta pay the time.
  • Harvey houses were a chain of hotels in NM owned by Fred Harvey. They provided food and lodging for tired travelers. These houses helped increase tourism in NM, and provided women in the area jobs as “Harvey Girls” to work at the hotels, such as in this picture.
  • This picture represents how New Mexico boomed with tourism when railroads were made connecting NM to the rest of the US. These tourists helped people who lived in NM make money by selling their “exotic” wares, providing lodging and food, and guiding tourists. Many people loved to go here to retreat from the cold winter up north.
  • Once more people settled and NM became more populated, stricter laws and police began to be enforced. This caused outlaws to be caught or to give up their ways. With NM becoming more "civilized", people were not free to do whatever they wanted as they could back then.
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