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Staycation Steve: Reliving the history of Raton

Steve Soliz
August 07, 2018 10:24 PM

RATON, N.M. – The City of Raton is a lot more than the last stop before heading north to Colorado. It’s a city full of history.

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The Raton Museum is full of artifacts that include bones, fossils, safes and even switchboards. Pictures on the wall give a glimpse back in time.

"We have 40 of those pictures on the wall of early Raton," said Roger Sanchez, director of the Raton Museum.

Each picture tells a different story. One picture shows a mighty locomotive, another features a dapper man and his mustache, while another shows a building that’s still being used.

The historic Shuler Theater sits in downtown Raton.

The first production on the Shuler stage was in 1915.

Bill Fegan manages the building. He says the storied stage still gets a lot of use.

"We have something that played Popejoy the night before and the Popejoy ticket was like $50, $60, $70," Fegan said. “The next night they're here on their way to Denver or Colorado Springs and the ticket is $20."

The Shuler Theater is the crown jewel of Raton's theater row. Next door, at the El Raton Theater, people will find stars of the silver screen.

Co-owner Kerry Medina says the castle facade has been there from the very beginning.

"They wanted you to have the feeling that you were outside watching a movie," Medina said.

At one point, the El Raton and the Shuler weren't the only theaters in Raton. A former theater now has new life as Raton's newest watering hole.

Karen Sterns and her husband Jim own the Colfax Ale Cellar and they make quite a few beers on site.

"Our golden ale is called Rabbit Chaser and that was named after one of our dogs who loved to chase rabbits," Sterns said. “We have Goat Hill IPA, so Goat Hill is the hill that kind of oversees Raton and it's a great overlook of Raton."

If you would like to learn more about the amazing City of Raton, click on this link.

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