Nutt to Lake Valley

The Lake Valley Branch

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This rail line was constructed to serve the silver mines in Lake Valley, NM. One mine deposit named the "Bridal Chamber" produced over 2 million ounces of silver, one of the richest pockets ever discovered. The town was in decline in the 1890s when the US government decided to demonetize silver. That action prompted the closure of many mines and the resulting ghost towns in many places across the western United States.

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

Historic ICC Abandonment Filings

ATCHISON, TOPEKA & SANTA FE RAILWAY
Docket Number: 5905 Date: Section: 1
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway applied for authority to abandon a portion of its line known as Lake Valley Branch, extending from Nutt, N.Mex. to Lake Valley, N.Mex. located in Sierra and Luna Counties, 13.31 miles in length.
Length: 13.31 miles Citation:  
ATCHISON, TOPEKA & SANTA FE RAILWAY
Docket Number: 10185 Date: 10/11/1933 Section: 1
Application of Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway for certificate to abandon its line from a point near Nutt, Luna County, to Lake Valley, Sierra County, New Mexico, a distance of 12.72 miles.
Length: 12.72 miles Citation: 202 ICC 396  

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