Saturday, December 3, 2011

The Santa Fe Depot


From Wikipedia:
"On 29 July 1995, Wickenburg celebrated the one hundred year anniversary of its railroad depot (dedicated 29 July 1895). The structure stands in its original 1895 design, without additions or modifications, and is one of the few such surviving examples of "Wild West" railroad architecture. Vice-Mayor Carol Ann Beard briefly described the history of the depot, which now serves as the Chamber of Commerce. "Estelle's Garden", in memory of a longtime Chamber supporter, was dedicated at the ceremony.  This depot last saw passenger service in May 1969 when Santa Fe discontinued the daily train between Phoenix and Williams Junction."

Standing near the train station is a statue of a school
teacher.  She has just disembarked from the train with
 her luggage.
Behind the old Santa Fe Depot (now Wickenburg's Chamber of Commerce) is the railroad line referred to as the "Peavine Line".  It was built in 1893 and ran between Phoenix and Prescott.  Sitting on its tracks is the Santa Fe Railroad Engine No. 761 which was one of the work-horses of the main line and built in 1890.  Also in the tracks sits the 1900 Series Southern Pacific Drover Caboose.  This was purchased by the Wellik Foundation in June 2003.



3 comments:

  1. That is so charming. Reminds me of the train scene in the movie "Oklahoma."

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  2. Yep, it has that Wild West look to it complete with the school teacher.

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  3. How wonderful that the building and train have been preserved. The statue of the school teacher is such a nice touch and really gives the place a historical context.

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