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TUCSON EL PASO & SOUTH WESTERN DEPOT
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TUCSON EL PASO & SOUTH WESTERN DEPOT (PRIVATE)
419 W. CONGRESS ST.
TUCSON, ARIZONA -
Location: I-10 MILE 258, EXIT AT WEST CONGRESS ST.; EAST ABOUT 2 BLOCKS; SOUTH INTO PARKING AREA IN FRONT OF THE DEPOT BUILDING.
Description:
  • RAILROAD DEPOT
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Comments/Directions:
The El Paso and Southwestern Railroad depot is a beautiful example of the Greek temple-like Classic Revival architecture. Built in 1913 by Phelps Dodge Corp, it connected Tucson (through Benson and Douglas) with El Paso until the 1924 merger with SP rr, who then used it for storage until sold in 1976. Two different restaurants (now defunct since 2006) have occupied the center portico, which remains unused currently, and private offices occupy the two porticos on each end. National Register of Historic Places in 2004. The EPSW began as the El Paso and Southeastern - a 36 mile short-line built in 1888-89 to transport copper to El Paso, TX smelter from Bisbee, AZ (Copper Queen Mine - see the huge, mile-wide open pit at Bisbee on Goggle maps). The route went westerly from Bisbee, AZ and then northerly through Fairbank, AZ, to connect with SP at Benson. In 1901, EPSE became the EPSW, which built lines connecting to El Paso by 1902 and to Tucson by 1912. For the few short years of operation the EPSW paralleled the SP and became unprofitable. Portions became the "Old Southline" of the SP; but it was abandoned by 1942.
 Added 03/22/2006 | Last Updated 02/07/2014

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