Could this be the site I was looking for?
The original hotel built by the Fred Harvey Company was much longer and wider. A reprinted photo of a drawing showed this.
(photo courtesy of State Historical Society of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri)
It was the exterior of the building, the side that faced the tracks. that convinced me this was the site -- yes this was it!!! The word above the arch read "Gallup." The Santa Fe symbol at the top.
Compare with detail from painted work. Same area from other end in Gallup.
The work was done by the Harvey artist Fred Geary. Who grew up in Carrollton. Whose father had been a station agent for the Santa Fe railroad in Carrollton, MIssouri.
See https://carrollton-wood-engraver.blogspot.com/2010/06/harvey-company-artist.html. About Geary's father James F. Geary,
A walk down the hall of Gallup train station. Three minutes.
It was afterwards, we had driven on and I was at the gas pump down the street -- that my emotions caught up to me -- I was shaken. That hidden piece of me deep inside -- all the weeks of research I had done on Geary back 2011. IT WAS STILL a vibrant part of me. When persons are united to a place or a time, and then that information is published or posted -- and others cite it-- it becomes history. I had goose bumps and tears. I didn't expect to be found out here in New Mexico. The moment meant a lot. The One who had faithfully led me into this -- had brought me here to Gallup to see this. To be found and to know that He sees me. He loves me. He is not yet done with me.
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Thanks to Gallup Cutural Center for their historic photo collection of the El Navajo Hotel.
Photos of Fred Geary painting and trip shots by Karl Marxhausen, Carrollton, MIssouri.
Thanks to the owner of the Geary painting. Joseph Tonnar Jr of Carrollon, Missouri.