Grand Canyon National Park in Coconino County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Santa Fe Depot
"Won't you be one of the 25,000 visitors at the Grand Canyon of Arizona this summer? It is the world's scenic wonder - nothing like it."
Santa Fe Railroad brochure, 1914.
The Santa Fe train whistle that was heard here on September 17, 1901, signaled the end of Grand Canyon's frontier days. A $3.50 train ride now replaced a $20.00, full-day, jolting stagecoach ride. In coming decades, Santa Fe promotions nationwide would encourage visitors to come by rail. By the thousands, they did.
The railroad opened Grand Canyon to the world. The Santa Fe Depot, built in 1909, greeted rail patrons for 59 years. But the railroad's operation went well beyond trains. At Grand Canyon the Santa Fe offered hotels, Fred Harvey meals, and a wide range of sightseeing options. And for more than 30 years Santa Fe tank cars delivered water, vital on Grand Canyon's waterless south rim.
In the 1950s automobiles doomed rail travel. The Santa Fe stopped passenger service here in 1968. In 1989 limited service resumed in the form of excursion trains, not associated with the Santa Fe. Today the National Park Service maintains the historic depot to remind us of Grand Canyon's rail era.
Erected by National Park Service.
Marker series. This National Historic Landmarks marker series.
Location. 36° 3.408′ N, 112° 8.203′ W. Marker is in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, in Coconino County. Click for map. Marker is at the station, on the trackside platform, off Village Loop Drive in Grand Canyon Village. Marker is in this post office area: Grand Canyon AZ 86023, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. El Tovar Hotel (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hopi House (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Hopi House (about 400 feet away); Verkamp's Curios (about 500 feet away); CCC Legacy (about 700 feet away); Trans-Canyon Telephone Line (about 700 feet away); Bright Angel Lodge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mule Barns (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Grand Canyon National Park.
Also see . . .
1. Grand Canyon National Park. (Submitted on January 8, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Santa Fe Railway Historical & Modeling Society. (Submitted on January 8, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Grand Canyon Railway History. (Submitted on January 8, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features • Railroads & Streetcars •
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