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1923 Santa Fe Depot & Gallup Cultural Center

201 E. Route 66, Gallup, NM

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The 1923 Santa Fe Depot is not only home to the current Amtrak station but is also home to the Gallup Cultural Center including a museum on the second floor. The El Navajo Hotel which was part of the Fred Harvey Company was located west of the depot. The hotel was demolished in 1957, but a large portion of the building remains standing and houses the Cultural Center.

xA statue of Chief Manuelito of the Navajo stands out front.

xAnother statue depicts a WWII Navajo Code Talker.

xBy the parking lot is a plaque honoring former New Mexico Governor Arthur T. Hannett who was responsible for realigning Route 66 to go straight west from Santa Rosa to Albuquerque instead of going through Santa Fe. That realignment cut off about 107 miles of the Mother Road through the state.

xAt the end of the east parking lot is a Santa Fe Railway caboose with a map painted on it.

Vintage Advertising Highlights

Hotels - Shops
Gallup New Mexico is situated in the heart of Indian Country. The lobby of the Fred Harvey Hotel, El Navajo, is decorated with the sacred paintings of the Medicine Men which have been handed down from generation to generation.

NOTE: The hotel was on the west end of the building (right side in this postcard).

Photo(s): 2015



x About Us We started traveling Historic U.S. Route 66 as a destination in 2009. It's like a 2,400 mile long drive back in time from Chicago to Santa Monica! more
xDid You Know: Many parts of the old 4 lane Route 66 were reverted to a 2 lane road after 66 was realigned to the interstate. In many places the abandoned lanes are still there.