This is exhausting we have to get the water from miles away
I hope we have enough crops to shear
Impact of the Railroad
Yeah we have many other railroads to build
We need to finish quikly
We need to find as much gold as we can
This is going to be exhausting but worth it.
Homesteading was a major thing in New Mexico. But there was little rain and farmers often had to haul waters from miles away. The soil was poor that few could survive on the sparse harvests of 160 acres produced. This picture shows 2 women working on farming
Welcome to our Harvey Houses we will provide you with the best houses and restaurants you've ever went to
More than 3,000 miles of railroad track were built across New Mexico from 1880 to 1915. Lots of people came through the railroads and there were more jobs. The railroads connected many parts of New Mexico to the rest of the west and the nation. This picture shows 3 people working on railroads
We create rugs and pottery and they are for sale if you would like to buy some.
Explorers had searched for gold and silver in New Mexico since the 1540s, when Francisco Coronado first traveled through the Southwest. the first gold strike didn't occur until the 1830s in the Ortiz mountains next to Santa Fe. This picture shows 3 men searching for gold.
you will pay for what you've done
we'll see about that.
Harvey houses were restaurants and hotels that were often visited by tourists around New Mexico. They were named after and England business man, Fred Harvey. Harvey was able to provide good food at fair prices at railroad stops throughout the Southwest. This picture shows two people walking in Harvey houses.
Tourism was one of New Mexico’s largest businesses. The railroad brought visitors in large numbers. Tourists from around the world spent money in New Mexico on train tickets, food, lodging, and souvenirs, such as Indian pottery and rugs. This picture shows a man buying pottery.Many tourists liked to learn about Southwestern culture.
The wild west was full of corruption and discrimination. There were people robbing trains, banks, and fighting with guns. This picture shows to people fighting each other with pistols.