05. Southern Pacific Wood Burner, Engine No. 10, c. 1869
This Southern Pacific wood burner engine was one of the first trains in Arizona. It traveled from Yuma to New Mexico to carry track and ties in the construction of the railroad. The line was opened to Benson on June 22, 1880.
Steam locamotives played an integral part in the expansion of the west. Pioneers and prospectors during the Gold Rush era get a lot of the glory when it comes to westward expansion, but it was the railroads that really opened up the west to those from the east who sought a new life in the west and southwest.
Artist: Doug Quarles
Size: 5' x 9'
Completed: September 2013
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