Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

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Byline: Kathy Pinto For the Journal

Echoes of theatrical productions ring through ornate interior of Raton's Shuler Theater

When the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad relocated its repair shop to the southern base of the Raton Pass in 1880, the town once known as Willow Springs became a center of commerce on the Old Santa Fe Trail.

The town renamed Raton grew and propsered, and by the turn of the century, as many as 60 trains a day traversed the pass into the busy railyard. Like other Western frontier towns, it had its share of lynchings, shootouts and vendettas. But this small community was not without culture and refinement it was a stop on the national theatrical circuit and culture was encouraged. …

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