05. Southern Pacific Wood Burner, Engine No. 10, c. 1869
Southern Pacific Wood Burner
Mural Depiction

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.

Background Information

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.

Mural Information

Artist:  Doug Quarles

Size:     5' x 9'

Completed: September 2013

Sponsors: 

   City of Benson

   Arizona G & T Cooperatives

   Benson Beautification

   Benson Jr. Women