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2015-06-23  
Castaneda Hotel 2015 (pre-restoration), NM
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Castaneda Hotel 2015 (pre-restoration), NM 
Castaneda Hotel 2015 (pre-restoration), NM
 
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The Castaneda Hotel in Las Vegas, New Mexico was one of the most important of the Fred Harvey Houses on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway line from Chicago to Los Angeles. It was built by the railroad for the Fred Harvey Company in 1898-1899. Abandoned in 1948, it remained mostly unused (except for a small bar that operated there until 1998). Finally in 2014, Allan Affeldt and his wife Tina Mion purchased it. They also bought the nearby Plaza Hotel. This is just wonderful, when you consider what a magnificent job they did restoring another of the Harvey Houses (La Posada in Winslow, Arizona)! In addition to the restoration project on the Castaneda, they have been making many upgrades to the Plaza Hotel as well. You can keep up on construction progress via the Facebook pages.

I lucked out and got in on this tour offered by Kathy Hendrickson of Southwest Detours because the westbound Amtrak Southwest Chief (train #3), which was my transportation back to Winslow, Arizona, was running a couple hours late that day. I had stayed at the Plaza and Kathy was there in the morning when I was checking out, and that is how I found out about the tour in the first place. At the time I didn't know my train was late, so figured I couldn't join them. When I got to the train station I found out about the late train and saw Kathy with the tour arrive at the Castaneda next door, so I walked over and paid her $10 and got to check out this historic building after all! :D

Even after the tour, I had to wait about another hour for the train. :o As it turned out, that train ride back to Winslow (on my way to spend the night at La Posada) had plenty of drama! :scared: (more on that later).
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