Grants in Cibola County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
History of the Railroad & Grants
Grants and railroads have been inexplicably linked since the Atlantic & Pacific Railroad arrived in 1882. The three Grant brothers Angus, John and Lewis had the contract to build the railroad through Los Alamitos (the name of the first settlement in the area in 1872). For several years the railroad ended here until camps were established to continue the grading work west. More than 4000 men and more than 2000 mules worked the line through Grants as it inched west. The area became known as Grant's Camp and later as Grant's Station and eventually became Grant's. The apostrophe was removed in 1937 and it has been Grants ever since.
The Grant brothers maintained a telegraph at the end of the line for company business. The office soon became the source for local
Erected by City of Grants.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1937.
Location. 35° 9.202′ N, 107° 51.311′ W. Marker is in Grants, New Mexico, in Cibola County. Marker is at the intersection of Iron Avenue and U.S. 66, on the left when traveling north on Iron Avenue. The marker is located across the street from the New Mexico Mining Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Iron Avenue, Grants NM 87020, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Large Diameter Drill Bit (within shouting distance of this marker); One Ton Mine Car (within shouting distance of this marker); Mine Head Frame (within shouting The Fannie Mine Hoisting Bucket (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Vietnam Veterans Memorial (approx. ¾ mile away); Grants (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Grants (approx. 2.2 miles away); San Rafael (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grants.
Also see . . . Caboose.
A caboose is a crewed North American railroad car coupled at the end of a freight train. Cabooses provide shelter for crew at the end of a train, who were formerly required in switching and shunting, keeping a lookout for load shifting, damage to equipment and cargo, and overheating axles. Source: Wikipedia(Submitted on November 22, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 23, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 22, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 104 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 22, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.