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Laying track in preparation for driving last spike on Santa Fe Central Railroad, New Mexico. View of Harris track laying machine, August 13, 1903

 Item — Cabinet: Glass Negatives, Drawer: 5x7
Identifier: 014193

Scope and Content

From the Collection: The collection consists primarily of photographic images of Santa Fe, New Mexico and the surrounding area. Also included are portraits of Santa Fe residents, railroad scenes, and some images from the surrounding pueblos.

The collection includes photographs of Santa Fe buildings, such as the old Capital, the Palace of the Governors, the Penitentiary, and the U.S. Indian School. Also included are street scenes, homes, and businesses. Among the portraits are government officials and citizens of Santa Fe. Other images depict the Navajo and the Jemez and San Juan Pueblos, religious processions, as well as a U.S. Surveying team.

Finally, as the official photographer for the Santa Fe Central Railroad Kaadt material includes photographs depicting the building of the railroad, including the ceremony for the last spike.

All photos are circa 1895-1905 and almost all are original prints or negatives. It is possible that some images attributed to Kaadt may have been copies of work by other photographers (including Hillers) that were useful for the Santa Fe Central or other commerical purposes.


  • August 13, 1903

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to researchers on an appointment basis. Contact the Photo Archivist to request to view original material.


1 Photographic Negatives

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


Repository Details

Part of the NMHM Palace of the Governors Photo Archives Repository

113 Lincoln Ave.
Santa Fe NM 87501 USA