Ranching became increasingly important after the end of the New Mexico Civil War. There was great demand for beef and even the U.S Army purchased from New Mexico.
The first railroad was built in New Mexico and traveled to Santa Fe. The track was built in 1880 and was finished in around 195. Three-thousand miles of track were built across New Mexico.
These kinds of towns had gold and silver so it got many people, however, mostly mining companies were in these towns. Many of these towns had very little population until the word of gold and silver spread around to these companies.
Harvey houses were very famous hotels that were located in New Mexico in which people could eat at restaurants and sleep. Harvey Houses were a key part in the Santa Fe railroad's success.
Tourism was one of New Mexico's largest businesses. The railroad brought visitors in many numbers and tourists from around the world spent money on many things in New Mexico.
Many parts of New Mexico were considered the Wild West. The Wild West was full of violence, guns, crime, and outlaws. Life was often dangerous in the Wild West and many people that lived in these parts got robbed.