The Las Cruces Railroad Museum, 351 N. Mesilla St., will host January’s History Notes discussion about the historic Amador Hotel, Secrets of a Survivor: The True Wonders of the Amador Hotel, at 1 p.m. Jan. 9, 2020. The presentation will be given by Deborah Dennis.
As the oldest public building remaining in downtown Las Cruces, the Amador Hotel has witnessed the growth of Las Cruces through boom times and depressions, war and peace. It has avoided most disasters whether natural – such as the flood of 1875 – or of man’s making, such as urban renewal in the mid-1960s. Since 2007, the Amador Hotel Foundation, Inc. has been engaged in a collaborative effort with the City of Las Cruces to restore the historic hotel.
This is a brief account of discoveries revealed during selective internal demolition to find the historic fabric of the building. Some revelations are examples of Martin Amador’s ingenuity; others tell of the hotel’s expansion and idiosyncrasies, but all define the Amador as a unique Las Cruces landmark throughout its survival of 140 years.
Deborah Dennis, who has earned a doctorate degree, is the vice president of the Amador Hotel Foundation, Inc., a private 501 (c)(3) nonprofit established in 2006. The Foundation’s mission is to restore the Amador Hotel and to preserve the heritage of this iconic Las Cruces landmark, maintaining its historic vibrancy.
The Railroad Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The museum is accessible through RoadRUNNER Transit Route 5, Stop 17. For information, visit the Railroad Museum website, www.las-cruces.org/1624/Railroad-Museum, or call 575/528-3444.
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