This bird’s-eye view print of Las Vegas, New Mexico was drawn by J. J. Stoner and published by Beck & Pauli, Lithographers in 1882. Las Vegas was established in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in 1835. It prospered in its early years as a trading center along the Santa Fe Trail. Las Vegas was a haven for desperados during that era.
This map shows the community just after the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad began services just across the Gallinas River. This nearby depot site prompted the development of West Las Vegas. West Las Vegas, in the foreground of this image, eventually merged with the older settlement.
Hot Springs, located five miles from town, was an easy jaunt by rail in 1882, enabling several luxury hotels at Las Vegas to succeed.
The map indicates Las Vegas’ altitude to be 6,400 ft. above sea level. Included are labeled streets, buildings and railroad route. Featured is an inset illustration of Hot Springs. Alt. 6,767 ft.
Features references to the following locations:
Las Vegas College.
R. Catholic Church.
Presbyterian Mission Church.
M. E. Church.
First National Bank.
San Miguel National Bank.
New Mexico Planing Mills. Rupe & Bullard.
Planing Mill. John B. Wooten.
Planing Mill. F. C. Ogden.
Carriage Works. W. H. Shupp & Co.
Monte Suma Hotel.
Hot Springs Hotel.
Plaza Hotel. Mrs. S. B. Davis.
St. Nicholas Hotel. Keller & Clemm.
Grand Central Hotel. Geo. McKay.
Wooster House. H. S. Wooster.
New York House. T. A. Netterberg.
Summer House. Mrs. M. A. Maxwell.
Grand View Hotel. Dr. J. H. Sutfin.
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