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Magdalena Stock Driveway Association records

Identifier: Ms-0401

Scope and Content

The Magdalena Stock Driveway Association records contain the business records of the association. They date from 1946 into the 1970s. Included are the articles of incorporation for the association in 1946, as wells as annual reports, meeting minutes, tax information, correspondence, and legal documents. Documented within the collection are driveway users’ opinions on the future, or changes to the driveway, as well as their use of it.


  • 1946-1972

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Access Restrictions

Open. All materials in this collection are available for research under supervised conditions in the Research Room.

Copy Restrictions

Copyrights associated with materials in this collection have not been transferred to New Mexico State University.

Historical Sketch

Magdalena, NM grew significantly from a small town of tents during the railroad boom of the later 19th century. The spur line of the railroad from Socorro allowed miners and ranchers to bring their goods to the town where the railroad provided access to the rest of the country. The stock driveway was built to allow cattle to be driven from as far away as eastern Arizona to Magdalena, the shipping point. For some time it was the largest shipping point for wool and cattle in the state. According to the Socorro County Chamber of Commerce brochure: “in 1917, a stock driveway leading to the railroad shipping pens at Magdalena was completed. Some eighty miles long and seven miles wide, it was the country's largest. However, just a few years later the great cattle boom in Socorro County was to end; the last spectacular cattle shipment from Magdalena occurred in 1915.” The Magdalena Stock Driveway continued in use until the 1970s.


Myrick, David F. New Mexico’s Railroads. Golden, CO : Colorado Railroad Museum, 1970.

Socorro County Chamber of Commerce online brochure. Available from Accessed June 23, 2005.


0.50 Linear Feet (1 Box)


Business records for the Magdalena Stock Driveway Association.


  1. RG2002-026 Gift of Margaret “Peggy” Birmingham

Processing Information

Processed by Roxanne Klunczyk, December 2002

Reprocessed by Cassie McClure, October 2004
Guide to the Magdalena Stock Driveway Association records, 1946-1972
Cassie McClure
© 2007
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Repository Details

Part of the New Mexico State University Library Archives and Special Collections Repository

Branson Hall
PO Box 30006
MSC 3475
Las Cruces New Mexico 88003 USA