ABQ rail yards named historic district

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – Albuquerque’s rail yards and an expanded area of downtown Raton have been designated as state historic districts.

The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs announced the new historic sites on Monday.

The department says Albuquerque’s rail yards, which were established in 1880, are the state’s largest historic industrial complex.

The Cultural Affairs Department’s properties review committee listed the Albuquerque rail yards on Aug. 8, noting the area’s historical and architectural significance. It also forwarded the nomination to the National Park Service as a potential National Register of Historic Places listing.

The committee also expanded the Raton Downtown Historic District by increasing its northern and southern boundaries, and by including buildings constructed through 1966 as contributing to the district. The historic district originally established in 1977 included buildings constructed between 1880 and 1927.

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