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

Danger isn’t restricted to dark corners and treacherous hikes. You can actually find it in some of the places you least expect, including railroad crossings.

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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, and 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. Page, for instance, is one of the towns we just listed, but it’s also a nature lover’s dream come true, being in close proximity to the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Antelope Canyon, and so much more. Need some ideas for your next Arizona outing? Check out this ultimate Arizona bucket list!  

How many Arizona railroads are in operation today?  

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 – ten, 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 Verde Canyon Railroad in Northern Arizona, which hosts everything from weddings to parties to leisurely train tours and is well worth an excursion or two.