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Tombstone in Cochise County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Southern Pacific Train Depot

1903

 
 
Southern Pacific Train Depot Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, June 14, 2011
1. Southern Pacific Train Depot Marker
Inscription. The railroad reached Tucson in March of 1880. Richard Grid had a railroad spike crafted of solid silver from the Toughnut Mine. It was presented to the President of the Southern Pacific Railroad as an inducement to bring a railroad spur to Tombstone. The solid silver spike disappeared into the gentleman's collection and so did Tombstone's hopes for railroad service for many years. Spurs were built in Nogales, Benson, Contention and Fairbanks in the early 1800s and finally reached Tombstone in 1903. A huge celebration was held in April with over 2000 guests attending. Southern Pacific provided freight and passenger service to Tombstone until 1961. In spite of Tombstone's best efforts to retain service it was discontinued and the rails removed. In 1961, Southern Pacific donated the depot to the City of Tombstone. The City turned it into the first permanent home of the Tombstone City Library. Tombstone school children named the new library "The Reading Station". This is the original depot built in 1903.
 
Erected 2006 by Tombstone Restoration Commission. (Marker Number 38.)
 
Location. 31° 42.699′ N, 110° 4.053′ W. Marker is in Tombstone, Arizona, in Cochise County. Marker can be reached from South 4th Street
Southern Pacific Train Depot and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, June 14, 2011
2. Southern Pacific Train Depot and Marker
Marker is mounted on a pole and placed to the left of the entrance door.
, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. The train depot is now the Tombstone City Library and located at the corner of 4th and Toughnut Streets. Marker is at or near this postal address: 210 South 4th Street, Tombstone AZ 85638, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rose Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); Cochise County Bank (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Grand Hotel (about 400 feet away); Can Can Restaurant (about 400 feet away); Campbell & Hatch Saloon and Billiard Parlor (about 500 feet away); City Marshall Virgil Earp (about 500 feet away); Owl Cafe and Tourist Hotel (about 500 feet away); Tombstone Engine Co. No. 1 (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Tombstone.
 
Also see . . .  A Traveler in Tombstone. from "Across Arizona" by William H. Bishop Harper's Magazine, March 1883 (Submitted on March 13, 2012.) 
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
Southern Pacific Train Depot image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, June 14, 2011
3. Southern Pacific Train Depot
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 788 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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