|The second was the Foster Hotel and
Saloon in Chama. Another photo that
due to the name of the facility appearing
on the front was an easy photo to
identify. Having gone to Chama several
times for the Cumbres and Toltec train
ride, I identified this one immediately.
For this photo Jim had to drive a few
blocks out of his way from our route to
Blue Spruce. But it was any easy get.
We just pulled over into the parking
areas near the Cumbres and Toltec train
station and I jumped out and snapped
Foster's Hotel is the oldest commercial
structure in Chama. It was constructed in
1881 to accommodate travelers in Chama
who were riding the Denver and Rio
Grande Western Railroad. The railroad
passed through the northern New Mexico
Territory enroute from Denver to Silverton
or Santa Fe, which opened this area to
trade and commerce for the first time.