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Tucson, AZ
Tucson-Amtrak Station-1907-1922-1.JPG
Location400 North Toole Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701
United States
Coordinates 32°13′23″N 110°58′00″W / 32.22306°N 110.96667°W / 32.22306; -110.96667
TUCSON (AMTRAK STATION) Latitude and Longitude:

32°13′23″N 110°58′00″W / 32.22306°N 110.96667°W / 32.22306; -110.96667
Owned by City of Tucson
Line(s) Union Pacific Railroad
Platforms1 side platform
Tracks2
Connections Sun Tran bus
Sun Link streetcar
Construction
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station code Amtrak code: TUS
History
Opened1907
Rebuilt2004
Traffic
Passengers (2017)29,146 [1]Increase 6.76%
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward  Los Angeles
Sunset Limited
toward  New Orleans
Texas Eagle
toward  Chicago

Tucson is an Amtrak train depot in Tucson, Arizona, served three times a week by the Sunset Limited and Texas Eagle trains.

History

The depot was built in 1907 by the Southern Pacific Railroad (SP). It was designed by the SP's architect, Daniel J. Patterson, who designed a number of depots during the same era, including the San Antonio Station.

In 1998, the City purchased the entire depot property from the Union Pacific Railroad, which had absorbed the SP. [2] Restoration of the main depot building and the three adjacent buildings, to their 1941 modernized Spanish Colonial Revival architectural style, was completed in 2004. Spanish Colonial Revival elements include the stuccoed brick walls, red clay roof tiles, and colorful, decorative tilework in the waiting room. [3] The station and other railroad buildings are included as contributing resources to the National Register-listed Tucson Warehouse Historic District. [4]

The Old Pueblo Trolley extended their historic streetcar line to the depot in 2009. Sun Link assumed operation of the line on July 25, 2014. The Southern Arizona Transportation Museum is located in the old Records Vault building. [5]

Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday statue

The Tucson Depot is where Frank Stilwell, suspected in the murder of Morgan Earp, was killed by Wyatt Earp in the company of Doc Holliday.

According to historian David Leighton, of the Arizona Daily Star, the Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday statue near the train depot commemorates the revenge killing of Frank Stilwell. On March 18, 1882, in the aftermath of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Morgan Earp was murdered by unknown killers, in Tombstone, Arizona. Two days later, Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, and a few other men were escorting the injured Virgil Earp and his wife to Tucson, with their final destination being California. While at the Tucson train station, Wyatt Earp learned that Frank Stilwell, one of the individuals suspected in the Morgan Earp murder, was lurking in the area. Earp, Holliday, and the others pursued Stilwell along the train tracks, eventually catching and killing him. [6]

References

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2017, State of Arizona" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2017. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  2. ^ http://www.greatamericanstations.com/Stations/TUS/Station_view
  3. ^ http://www.greatamericanstations.com/Stations/TUS/Station_view
  4. ^ http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/sites/default/files/hcd/THPO/TucsonWarehouseHD1999.pdf
  5. ^ SATMuseum Archived 2013-10-10 at the Wayback Machine. accessed 7.7.2012
  6. ^ David Leighton, "Street Smarts: Few Tucsonans saw Wyatt Earp as hero," Arizona Daily Star, April 20, 2015

External links

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