El Portal Inn, Raton New Mexico

El Portal Inn, Raton New Mexico

Originally know as the Seaberg European Hotel named for Swedish immigrant and founder Hugo Seaberg.  The Seaberg originally had 12 rooms and by 1911 it held 24 rooms.  A news blurb from the Hotel Monthly for November 1911 reported that an addition would increase the number of rooms to 100.  Eventually, the hotel had eight expansions and renovations between 1905 and 1928. 

In the early twentieth century Hugo Seaberg found it difficult to establish a statewide hotel association in sparsely populated New Mexico. In a news account from 1922 he stated that he was going to create a New Mexico hotel association based not on an annual convention but by circular correspondence.  The hotel operators who joined would pass news by a circular letter to all members.

The growth and success of the Seaberg Hotel is easy to understand with Raton being a railroad center.  Eventually the hotel took up an entire city block.  However, the Great Depression took its toll on Raton and Hugo Seaberg’s financial health. In 1937 he lost ownership of the hotel in a foreclosure.

The new owners of the hotel renamed it the El Portal.  Since 1937 the hotel has been under several different owners. In the 1990s the hotel was refurbished and WPA era murals were rediscovered in the lobby and hallways.  A fire sometime after 2004 closed the hotel.   As of the summer of 2011 the hotel was still idle.

 

 

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