Tour name: Railroad Revival Tour
Buy tickets to the show in Tempe: http://railroadrevival.com/stops/2012-tempe-arizona
The Southern Pacific railroad began creeping west into Arizona in the late 1870’s, stretching as far as Tucson by 1880. Despite the spread of railways into Arizona, 35 miles still stood between Phoenix and the nearest station at Maricopa. In 1885 legislation was passed allowing for the construction of a railroad from Maricopa to Phoenix, and on November 1, 1886 track began to be laid to form what would become the Phoenix and Maricopa Railroad. Construction continued slowly over the next year with many delays in production, and doubt that it would ever be completed. At last, on June 19, 1887, a Baldwin engine rolled in to Tempe with “Phoenix” painted on its side. The railroad was completed in July 1887, and for 39 years the Phoenix and Maricopa Railroad was the only line running through Phoenix.