This history was published for the May 12, 1998 centennial of the "driving of the golden spike" marking the completion of the mule-drawn Tucson Street Railway. The management of Old Pueblo Trolley wanted to create an appropriate commemoration of the event on that date. To that end they sought grants which enabled the writing and publication of the present volume.
The question could be asked, why do this history? A general history of the Tucson Street Railway was included in Cars Stop Here, the story of street railways in Tucson, which was published in the early 1970's. However, since that time much new information has come to light, including some company records, and new photos. Additionally, the original authors did not take the time to properly examine contemporary media for the years in question. Since then, Keith Glaab and Gene Caywood have thoroughly researched the newspaper accounts for the horsecar years to provide the complete story of the mule car days.
What is Old Pueblo Trolley?
Old Pueblo Trolley is an operating transit museum established in 1983 to educate the public concerning the history of public transportation in Tucson and Arizona. It operates historic electric streetcars in central Tucson. Beginning in the Fourth Avenue Business District, volunteers motor the trolley past a variety of shops and restaurants. The track then turns onto University Boulevard passing beautifully restored homes, boutiques and cafes, ending near the main gate of the University of Arizona.
O.P.T Schedule of Service
Friday, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, Noon to Midnight
Sunday, Noon to 6 p.m.
One Way: Adult $1.00; Child 6-12 years 50 cents
All Day Pass: Adult $2.50; Child 6-12 years $1.25