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The railroad reached Tuscon in March of 1880, Richard Grid had a railroad spike crafted of solid silver from the Toughnut Mine. It was presentd to the President of the Southern Pacific Railroad as an inducement to bring a railroad spur to Tombstone. The solid silver spike disappeared into the gentlemen's collection and so did Tombstone's hopes for railroad service for many years. Spurs were built in Nogales, Benson, Contention and Fairbanks in the early 1800s and finally reached Tombstone in 1903. A huge celebration was held in April with over 2000 guests attending. Southern Pacific provided freight and passenger service to Tombstone until 1961. In spite of Tombstone's best efforts to retain service it was discontiuned and the rails removed. In 1961, Southern Pacific donated the depot to the City of Tombstone. The City turned it into the first permanent home of the Tombstone City Library. Tombstone school children named the new library "The Reading Station". This is the original depot built in 1903.

Directions: From Tucson heading east on I-10, take exit 303 at state highway 80 towards Douglas. After about 23 miles, you will arrive in Tombstone, Arizona.

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  • Updated Sep 29, 2011
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