Southern Arizona Transportation Museum - Tucson, AZ

Southern Arizona Transportation Museum

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Some history...

In 1998, the City of Tucson purchased the former Southern Pacific Railroad Depot on Toole Avenue downtown. Restoration of the main depot building and the three adjacent buildings to their 1941 architectural style was completed in 2004.

Prior to restoration, the City, in conjunction with a Citizen's Intermodal Task Force, created a Master Plan to guide their efforts. That plan called for devoting the former Records Building on the depot site to a transportation museum. The first of the three outlying buildings on the depot site, the Records building was built in three stages (1907, 1910, 1922), the latest stage completing the building as we see it today.

A management committee was formed in 2001 to complete the task of establishing the museum. The museum is now a division of Old Pueblo Trolley, Inc which was founded in 1983. By 2003, as well as completing a formal study, the museum was awarded a variety of grants and private donations that funded the museum exhibits. On March 20th, 2005, the 125th Anniversary of the Arrival of the Railroad in Tucson, the museum was dedicated with the help of Mayor Bob Walkup. The museum needs community support to continue to preserve and interpret Southern Arizona railroad heritage through the museum's educational outreach, oral history and archival collections.

The purpose of the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum is to interpret the history of railroading in Southern Arizona with a focus on the Tucson Historic Depot and the displayed Locomotive #1673.

Dedicated volunteers who conduct the educational and archival functions. At this time we have one organizational paid staff member, our director.

Memberships and contributors (donations, grants, bequests, legacies, transfers, and gifts). The Museum is tax exempt under the museum division of our parent organization, Old Pueblo Trolley, Inc, under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The museum continues to explore opportunities to expand our educational outreach to youth by developing new and innovative programming and is actively seeking additional grant partnerships to further this effort.

The museum gratefully accepts gifts-in-kind. Would you like to be acknowledged for your generosity? Just let us know and we will gladly have a sign designed to mount on the gift-in-kind item to recognize you or your organization.

Contributions are the only sustainable basis of the museum. They are relied upon to fund our day-to-day operations and the acquisition of educational materials. The Museum does not charge any admission fees and we maintain low cost educational programs. Qualified contributions are tax deductible under the current Internal Revenue Service Guidelines.

The Southern Arizona Transportation Museum offers several levels of membership starting at only $25 annually. Become a member and help the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum remain a FREE admission museum.

How will transportation history pass on from generation to generation?
Only with your help. We can help you craft your legacy giving today with a planned gift to the museum. Inquire for an informative brochure.


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