Vail, Edward L.
Edward Vail's account of the Southern Pacific Railroad in Arizona written in 1926.
Vail [Arizona and Southwestern Biographical File] Special Collections
The First Railroad in Arizona
Edward Vail's account, "The First Railroad in Arizona," written February 24, 1926, recalls the completion of the Southern Pacific Railroad from Los Angeles to Maricopa Wells in 1879. This was the first railroad ever built in the State of Arizona. In his account Vail also discusses his stage trip from Maricopa Wells to Tucson.
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