A Southwest Icon LbNA # 47037
|Placed Date||Apr 25 2009|
|Location||Santa Fe, NM|
|Found By||Texas Tree Huggers |
|Last Update||Aug 13 2011 |
Originally chartered in 1859 to connect Topeka, Kansas with Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad became one of the premier railroads in the country. While the main line from Chicago to California eventually came to bypass Santa Fe, that city's name became the nickname that the general public knows best for this railway.
The AT&SF merged with the Burlington Northern in 1995, but in many people's minds, the 'Santa Fe' is still THE railroad of the Southwest.
Clues: Even though the Santa Fe no longer operates into it's namesake city, the line is still active. Locate the station on Guadalupe St. at Garfield St. The parking lot is restricted to drop-offs/pick-ups and customers of a nearby restaurant, so if you're driving you will have to find a space on the street. Enter the parking lot in front of the station and admire the classic design of the station, that is still used today by the New Mexico Railrunner Express. As you are about to leave the parking lot, stop at the tree on the right side of the exit to Guadalupe St. On the station side is a row of large rocks. At the point where this row curves closest to the station, look between several softball- to football-sized rocks. You will find my tribute to A Southwestern Icon, the second stamp I ever carved.
Be very discreet, as this is an extremely busy area. Please rehide the box well.