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The Santa Fe Railway and Tourism in New Mexico

More than 30 years before New Mexico became a state in 1912, its territorial Bureau of Immigration writers touted the life-giving and healing properties of New Mexico's natural hot springs. The mineral waters combined with the "miracle of sun and air" led "lungers" and "hackers," as tubercular patients were called, to follow the railroads to New Mexico's spas, sanitoriums, hospitals and resorts in the 1880s.

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