Historic Railroad Map of New Mexico - 1879

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Indexed Map of New Mexico showing stage lines, counties, lakes and rivers.

New Mexico was organized as a United States territory in the 1850's, with Santa Fe designated capital city. Santa Fe had been a capital city since the early 1600's.

Santa Fe was the final destination of the historic Santa Fe pioneer trail, which was used as a commercial and military highway during the early 1800's. Starting in Franklin, Missouri, the trail led many settlers and tradesmen west. Santa Fe was a major western trading center and a haven for desperados during that era.

New Mexico was split in half in 1863, creating the Arizona Territory.

This map displays New Mexico in the same year that the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad rolled their first passenger train into Santa Fe. That railroad more or less followed the same route as the famed trail.

This new mode of transportation, along with the newly invented telegraph line that was built along side it, encouraged western travel and commerce. As a result, Santa Fe began to swell with settlers.

New Mexico earned statehood in 1914.

This map was published in 1879 by Rand, McNally & Co. It shows relief, drainage, county boundaries, cities and towns, roads, trails, and the proposed or surveyed railroad routes.

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