Board These 8 Beautiful Trains In Arizona For An Unforgettable Experience
When the locomotive first began its entrance into the West, it served as a sign of technological and settler progression into seemingly unknown territories but it also signaled a rapidly changing world for the Indigenous peoples. In fact, even the settlers who benefited from the train’s trail of progress seemed ambivalent to fully adapting to the technology and that attitude has continued into more modern times.
Arizona, despite the vast number of tracks spanning the state, actually has few operating passenger trains still in operation. A number of railroad museums exist, along with displays in parks and train enthusiast groups, to give a small glimpse of the impact the railroad had on Arizonans over the centuries. Here are eight examples of how the iron horse continues to have an impact on Arizona’s culture today.
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Have you visited any of these sites or ridden on a train before? We would love to hear your experiences in the comments!
Monica is a Diné (Navajo) freelance writer and photographer based in the Southwest. Born in Gallup and raised in Phoenix, she is Tódich'ii'nii (Bitter Water People) and Tsi'naajinii (Black Streak Wood People). Monica is a staff writer for Only In Your State, photo editor for The Mesa Legend, and previously a staff writer for The Navajo Post. You can reach her at [email protected]
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