The arrival of the railroad in New Mexico changed our history and culture in New Mexico – new people started to move to our state, new kinds of jobs were created, and the new machine changed our lives around the state, especially for those who lived in towns with big train stations. We will look at pictures of railroad workers who made it all possible. How did they build the train tracks that the trains rolled on? What was it like to travel in a train? Have you ever been on a train trip? We will read a book about a runaway train named ChooChoo and get to know some of the workers that run after it! We will learn how to sing, “ I’ve been working on the railroad”.
Social studies, transportation, literacy, new words, geography, New Mexico
A group of New Mexico railroad workers around 1900. (Courtesy of the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives)