The railroad plans for construction to Albuquerque were quite daunting, as they had to plan around the flooding of the Rio Grande, and in 1880, the tracks finally reached Albuquerque. When construction began on the depot in 1901, it brought commerce that no one truly expected. After completion, the Alvarado Hotel opened and was considered the finest railroad hotel of its day. After completion, it also helped create the first daily newspaper the Golden Gate (which is now called the Albuquerque Daily Journal). After the completion of the Alvarado Hotel, the Indian Building was constructed, where visitors could gaze upon and purchase Native American goods and art. This created a boom of commerce for native crafts and helped further the town’s population.