I Horse Sense
II Early Attempts
III The Line at Last!
IV The Early Years
V Rebirth and Expansion
VI Is-zing into the Future
About the Authors
About This E-Text
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The authors want to thank Bruce Noon, Old Pueblo Trolley operator, for searching his family's photo collection for additional previously unpublished photos. OPT dispatcher Paul Horky gave significant help in distinguishing individual cars in various photos. Some earlier research was also done by another OPT motorman, Joseph Abney II. Steve Farley, of Stephen Farley Design, provided valuable criticism and advice as the publication developed. The staffs of the Arizona Historical Society and the University of Arizona Library, Special Collections were courteous and helpful in providing research materials requested. And finally we wish to thank our families for their patience as we immersed ourselves in this project.
Available issues of one or the other of the daily newspapers, the Arizona Daily Star, and the Arizona Daily Citizen, were researched for the entire period between 1895 and 1906. The files (primarily photographs and maps) of the Arizona Historical Society and the University of Arizona Library, Special Collections, were searched for anything conceivably relating to Tucson's horsedrawn street railway. Specifically, among the Tucson Rapid Transit Company records preserved at the AHS are several ledgers of the Tucson Street Railway which provides some detail of the operation. Of course, previous publications on Tucson's public transportation history were also referenced.
About the Authors
W. Eugene Caywood is a native Tucsonan with a lifelong interest in public transportation. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona and Western Baptist Seminary in Portland, Oregon. For many years he worked as a drafting specialist for Pima County and an engineering designer for various private civil engineering firms. Since 1975 he has served on various citizen advisory committees related to transportation. He was one of the founders of Old Pueblo Trolley, served as its first President, and now serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors, and Chief Executive Officer. He along with Richard G. Guthrie was primarily responsible for the completion of the first phase of the re-establishment of electric streetcar service on University Blvd. and Fourth Avenue on April 17, 1993. He is also the author of histories of various aspects of public transportation in Tucson.
Keith Glaab, who lives in Scottsdale, is a systems engineer for Motorola. His long-time interest in railroads in the Prescott area led him to research the Prescott streetcars, and he is currently preparing a history of that line as well as the short-lived Tempe horsecar line.
Funding for this project was made possible by the generous support of the Marshall Foundation, one of Tucson's leading philanthropic institutions providing scholarships to University of Arizona students and funding for other community needs including the Marshall Heart Laboratory at the University Medical Center.
Funding was also provided by the Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission which was established to advise both governing bodies on subjects relating to all aspects of historic preservation. Typically they help fund projects associated with nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, publications, oral history projects, archaeological work, historical neighborhood surveys and community awareness activities.
Finally, funding was received from the Twentieth Century Electric Railway Foundation which provides grants to rail related museums for restoration of historic vehicles used by street railways.