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Romancing the Rail

New Mexico’s rich history and scenic beauty have rightly earned the state its nickname, the Land of Enchantment. It’s New Mexico’s first railroad, however, that is chiefly responsible for the moniker. In an effort to stimulate tourism, the Santa Fe Railroad romanticized the art and culture of the native people and their “Enchanted Land.” Interestingly, although the railway was named in part for the capital of New Mexico, its main line never reached there as the terrain made it too difficult to lay the necessary tracks.