Lamy, New Mexico

Coordinates: 35°28′48″N 105°52′48″W / 35.480°N 105.880°W / 35.480; -105.880
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Lamy, New Mexico
Train station in Lamy
Location of Lamy, New Mexico
Location of Lamy, New Mexico
Coordinates: 35°28′48″N 105°52′48″W / 35.480°N 105.880°W / 35.480; -105.880
CountryUnited States
StateNew Mexico
CountySanta Fe
 • Total2.59 sq mi (6.71 km2)
 • Land2.59 sq mi (6.71 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
6,483 ft (1,976 m)
 • Total210
 • Density81.08/sq mi (31.30/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code505
FIPS code35-38890
GNIS feature ID890917

Lamy is a census-designated place (CDP) in Santa Fe County, New Mexico, United States. Its population was 218 at the 2010 census. It is located approximately 18 miles (29 km) south of the city of Santa Fe.


The community was named for Archbishop Jean-Baptiste Lamy, and lies within the Bishop John Lamy Spanish Land Grant, which dates back to the eighteenth century.[3] Jean-Baptiste Lamy's influence over this area includes his creation of Santa Fe's first English teaching school, as well as establishing other similar institutions.[4]

Photo of Archbishop Lamy

Lamy Junction[edit]

Lamy Junction Community is a notable set of 14 Coalition Era pueblos and other structures. This archeological site is located near the junction of US Highway 285 and Santa Fe County Road 233.[5]


Lamy is located at 35°28′48″N 105°52′48″W / 35.480°N 105.88°W / 35.480; -105.88.[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2), all land.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[7][2]

Lamy is part of the Santa Fe, New Mexico, Metropolitan Statistical Area.

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 137 people, 55 households, and 33 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 126.2 inhabitants per square mile (48.7/km2). There were 64 housing units at an average density of 59.0 per square mile (22.8/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 74.45% White, 2.92% Native American, 18.25% from other races, and 4.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 44.53% of the population.

There were 55 households, out of which 40.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.2% were non-families. 29.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 27.7% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 28.5% from 45 to 64, and 7.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.0 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $43,333, and the median income for a family was $27,083. Males had a median income of $25,568 versus $0 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $16,765. There were 17.5% of families and 20.5% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and none of those over 64.


It is within Santa Fe Public Schools.[9]

It is zoned to El Dorado Community School (K-8) in El Dorado. Its high school is Santa Fe High School.[10]



The former Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad (ATSF), now the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF), passes through Lamy. This railroad, usually called just the "Santa Fe," was originally planned to run from Atchison, Kansas, on the Missouri River, to Santa Fe, the capital city of New Mexico, and then points west. However, as the tracks progressed west into New Mexico, the civil engineers in charge realized that the hills surrounding Santa Fe made this impractical. Hence, they built the railway line though Lamy, instead. In 1909, it officially opened to passengers.[11] Later on, a spur line was built from Lamy to Santa Fe, bringing the railroad to Santa Fe at last. In 1896 the Fred Harvey Company built the luxurious El Ortiz Hotel here, and was designed by Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter.[11] Thus Lamy became an important railroad junction. The El Ortiz Hotel was then later demolished after its closing in 1947.[12]From 1992 to 2014, the spur line was taken over by the Santa Fe Southern Railway, which operated a popular excursion train, using vintage passenger railcars and modern freight cars, between Santa Fe and Lamy.

The significance of Lamy as a railroad junction is related in the Oscar-nominated documentary, The Day After Trinity (1980), about the building of the first atomic bomb, and is referred to by instrumental group the California Guitar Trio in a five-part suite Train to Lamy on their second album Invitation (1995).

Photo of the El Ortiz Hotel

Sky Railway[edit]

In 2020, several prominent Santa Fe residents, including novelist George R.R. Martin, created Sky Railway, an excursion train that runs on Santa Fe Southern Railway's route between Lamy and Santa Fe. Sky Railway began operations in December, 2021.[13]


The Lamy Railroad and History Museum, located in the historic "Legal Tender" restaurant building, is dedicated to preserving local history and heritage, with emphasis on the railroads and their impact on the area. The museum buildings, formerly the Pflueger General Merchandise Store (built in 1881) and the attached Annex Saloon (built in 1884), are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Legal Tender Saloon and Restaurant re-opened as the Legal Tender at The Lamy Railroad & History Museum in March 2012, after 14 years. The restaurant and museum are run as a non-profit and the waitstaff are volunteers. It is open Thursday through Sunday.[14]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 12, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Census Population API". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 12, 2022.
  3. ^ "Spanish Exploration and Settlement" in Windmills and Dreams: A History of the Eldorado Community, 1997, ECIA, privately printed
  4. ^ Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia (6th ed.). Columbia University Press. 2020. ISBN 9780787650155.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: date and year (link)
  5. ^ "Galisteo Basin Archaeology | Lamy Junction Community". Retrieved March 10, 2024.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  8. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  9. ^ "2020 CENSUS - SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP: Santa Fe County, NM" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 20, 2021.
  10. ^ "School Zone Maps". Santa Fe Public Schools. Retrieved July 22, 2021.
  11. ^ a b "Tracks Through Time". El Palacio. Retrieved March 10, 2024.
  12. ^ "Lamy, NM (LMY) – Great American Stations". Retrieved March 10, 2024.
  13. ^ Nott, Robert. "Sky Railway excursion train to launch with holiday rides". Santa Fe New Mexican. Retrieved November 24, 2022.
  14. ^ Legal Tender at The Lamy Railroad & History Museum
  15. ^ "Taking a swing: Black Sox scandal inspires Lamy artist - Albuquerque Journal". Retrieved November 24, 2022.
  16. ^ Foundation, Poetry (November 24, 2022). "James Thomas Stevens". Poetry Foundation. Retrieved November 24, 2022.
  17. ^ Eliza Gilkyson: Songs From the River Wind (Album Review) - PopMatters

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