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Mr. John Corbett, a newspaper man in Winfield, Kansas heard of the plans the Santa Fe had for building the Belen Cutoff through Abo Pass. He came out in 1901 with his friend Col. E. C. Manning, and they located a town site beside the proposed railroad route at the summit. Noticing the summer breeze from off the nearby mountains, they named the town Mountainair. The first passenger trains operated over the pass in 1907 and the station was built in 1908.
Just as we got to the highway bridge train 943 (Extra 5011 East) went under us. The highway going east of town makes a jog to the north to get around the wye where helpers cut off from eastbound trains at Mountainair would be turned for the return trip to Belen. You can see this jog in the highway just to the right of the Mountainair station in the picture above. The wye was removed many years ago, but the jog is still in the road. Disk 61