|March 20, 1955A Donation for Posterity
In honor of the 75th anniversary of the first Southern Pacific train into Tucson, a celebration was held at the old SP Depot on Toole Avenue. A reenactment of that first train was held with engine 1673 in the lead and free rides given to all. Free one mile rides to the Pacific Fruit Express yard were given to “children accompanied by adults and adults accompanied by children.” Over 10,000 people turned out for the event. It was the last time Tucson would ever hear a live steam whistle.
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