KNOWHERE TO GO visits Lamy, NM
Lamy is a town about 18 miles south of Santa Fe in the Galisteo Basin off of 285. Lamy’s original name was Galisteo Junction. It was later changed in honor of Jean-Baptiste Lamy, who served as the first archbishop of Santa Fe in the second half of the 19th century.
Lamy's ultimate decline and loss of population, was due to the decline in railroad travel as the chosen form of transportation around the country. At one point the town had the El Ortiz hotel (built by Fred Harvey) and it’s own elementary school. At that time, Lamy was the closest main line train depot to Santa Fe and so it was a meeting place for travelers.
The church to the left as you drive into Lamy "Our Lady of Light" was built in 1926. The church was deconstructed in 1994, mainly because the church was structurally unsafe. However, the church is of great historical value because not only is it the only church ever built in Lamy but its architecture rare for a mission church in northern New Mexico.
At first glance you may think that Lamy is an abandoned ghost town, and while there is a rumored ghost haunting the Legal Tender Saloon ( which was the Fred Harvey, El Ortiz Hotel ), The train station is still operational and two trains make their stops there daily; and people still thrive down the town's gravel roads.