Creating historic railroad district key

Phil Williams

Moving the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway 9005 switch locomotive from Hillcrest Park to the lot in front of the Clovis Depot Model Train Museum is what we hope will be the first step in creating a Historic Railroad District.

The locomotive will continue to belong to the city, the lot it is being displayed on will be part of the HRD, and members of the Clovis Area Train Society along with other members of the public will cosmetically restore the switch engine.

Funds for this endeavor come from a matching grant awarded by the “Friends of MainStreet,” residual funds from the Clovis Centennial Committee specifically designated for use in the movement and restoration of the locomotive, and from donations made to the “9005 Fund” (set up by Clovis MainStreet for the same project).

If the HRD becomes a reality, the Clovis Depot Model Train Museum, built in 1907, will be made available to the HRD. The other two buildings that will make up the HRD will be the Gran Quivira Harvey House hotel built in 1908 and the railroad’s general office building built in 1920.

Burlington Northern-Santa Fe currently owns the office building and Harvey House.

Management of the HRD would be by a committee within Clovis MainStreet, including the train society organization.

With the renovation of Hotel Clovis and the surrounding district, the creation of a Historic Railroad District to its south will go a long way to fulfilling the goal of Clovis MainStreet to restore and rejuvenate our downtown district and make it an economically viable part of our community.

If you are interested in contributing to the HRD effort, please contact Robyne Beaubien of Clovis MainStreet (309-8370), myself, train society Vice President Greg Jennings (309-9927) or the Clovis city manager’s office (769-7828).