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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.
A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION
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,
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
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
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