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Drifting Apart, 1911-1916
Railroads and Hotels

Tom Marshall captured Tucson's growth as seen in these photos.
View the map showing the Marshall home and University neighborhood, circa 1910

Railroads

The Southern Pacific Railroad Depot on Toole Avenue.
The El Paso and Southwestern Passenger Depot, on Toole Avenue, was constructed
in 1908. Most travelers to Tucson arrived at this building before being shuttled off
to one of the downtown hotels. Tom and Louise acquired land across from this depot
on which they planned to construct a tourist hotel in 1929. The hotel was never built.

The freight depot was located due east of the passenger facility. The EP&SW was purchased by the Southern Pacific Railroad in the early 1910s. In 1923 the Southern Pacific converted the freight depot into a railroad hospital.
The freight depot was located due east of the passenger facility. The EP&SW
was purchased by the Southern Pacific Railroad in the early 1910s. In 1923 the
Southern Pacific converted the freight depot into a railroad hospital. In later years,
the facility came to be known as the Carl Hayden Hospital. Note the conical volcanic
peak in the background that formerly had been known as Sentinel Peak and has
been converted over to "A" Mountain.

Hotels

Construction on the Santa Rita Hotel began in 1904 and plans called for every modern amenity. Over the years, the Santa Rita became the social center for the Tucson community.
Construction on the Santa Rita Hotel began in 1904 and plans called for every
modern amenity. Over the years, the Santa Rita became the social center
for the Tucson community.


The Hotel Heidel was constructed in 1908 on Toole Avenue, northwest of the Southern Pacific Depot.
The Hotel Heidel was constructed in 1908 on Toole Avenue, northwest
of the Southern Pacific Depot.

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