Founded in 1881 as a headquarters for the southern transcontinental rail route, the town draws its name from David L. Gallup, a paymaster for the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad (later part of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad).
This tour (most of which is a walking tour) celebrates Gallup's rich history. It includes historic events, riots, movie making, and honoring of important figures in Gallup's past.
Gallup has many historic buildings through its downtown district. The downtown area itself is designated a Historic District, and then many buildings within are listed on the National Historic Register. Some of the buildings on this tour date all the way back to the late 1800s!
Rails & Trains
In 1880, the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad built headquarters for paymaster David L. Gallup in a rural New Mexico area.
Historic Route 66
Starting in Chicago and ending in Los Angeles, Route 66 crossed New Mexico from Tucumcari to Gallup and changed the…
10 Things You Didn’t Know About Gallup
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