Jornada to Elephant Butte

Point of Interest

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Greg Harrison

This short spur was constructed westward from Jornada, NM off of the main AT&SF line to the site of the Elephant Butte Dam construction, around 1910. The resulting lake was at one time the largest man-made reservoir in the world. Portions of the old grade are still visible along State Road #15 between Jornada and Truth or Consequences, NM.

Thanks to Dr. James H. Olsen, Jr., PE for contributing information about this route.

The State Road should be #51, not #15; looks like the digits got transposed. thanks.

Dr. James H. Olsen, Jr., PE
Albuquerque, NM


We were just hiking in that area this morning and commenting on the cuts made for the railroad. There must have been a trestle over Ash Canyon. Does a photo exist of that? Great map - thanks!

Donna Catterick
Truth or Consequences, NM


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