The first Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad train arrived in Las Cruces on April 26, 1881 and passenger service continued until 1968. The first depot was a wood frame building that was later moved on flatcars down the line to La Tuna (present day Anthony, TX). In 1910, the present Mission Revival style depot was completed. The railroad lengthened the freight section in 1961 and freight trains stopped service to Las Cruces in 1988. Today, the Las Cruces Railroad Museum interprets local railroading history through artifacts, historic images, and public programs.
We host two big events each year. Railroad Days takes place in May and celebrates our railroading past, present, and future. The three day event is free and open to the public and culminates on Saturday with rolling stock tours and family friendly activities. The Old Fashioned Holiday Display takes place the first Friday evening in December. The night includes a holiday atmosphere, local choirs, and special model trains. Call the museum for more details.