Most People Don’t Know The Country’s Most Dangerous Railroad Crossing Is Right Here In Arizona

Peril isn’t restricted to dark corners and treacherous hikes. You can actually find it in some of the places you least expect, including this dangerous railroad crossing in  Arizona. Don’t be too afraid because there are tons of beautiful train rides in Arizona to take, but it’s never a bad idea to be informed!

If this story bummed you out a bit and you need some uplifting news, you’ll be glad to know that Arizona’s Sky Harbor airport was named the best in the country back in 2016! So we do have some great transport in the copper state.

Have you ever seen something crazy happen on one of Arizona’s railroads?

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Most Dangerous Railroads in Arizona

December 24, 2021

What are some dangerous cities in Arizona?  

Arizona is a wonderful place to live, though some places do tend to be a bit safer than others. According to, the top five most dangerous cities in Arizona are: 

  • Globe
  • Tolleson
  • Page
  • Winslow
  • Tucson.

Why do these make the list? Well, there are numerous reasons; these towns have the highest rates of both property and violent crimes out of every city in Arizona (with a population of more than 5,000 people). For example, Globe has 2,141 violent crimes for every 100,000 residents, which makes it the most dangerous city in the state. Tolleson actually surpasses the property crime rate of Globe, with 9,185 property crimes per 100,000 residents reported. Of course, these statistics shouldn’t frighten anyone away from visiting Arizona, or even those towns.

How many Arizona railroads are in operation today?  

There are 2 major Arizona railroads in operation today:

  •  BNSF Railway
  • Union Pacific Railroad


The first railroad to be built in Arizona was the Southern Pacific Railroad, which ran from Los Angeles, California, to Maricopa Wells in 1879. Nowadays, the Copper State is home to less than 2,000 miles of operating railroads, although it once had much more. Arizona has only ever had two Class I systems, but it’s home to many more short lines – nine, to be exact – and rail use has slowed since the early 1900s; however, its use has remained pretty steady since the 1980s. Then there are the “for fun” kind of railroads, like the Grand Canyon Railroad and Hotel