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    Esmond Station - 9

    Esmond train wreck


    Year Established: Approx. 1880

    Architect/Style/Function: Representative of Tucson's railroad history

    Description: Originally named Papago Station, Esmond Station was  Southern Pacific rail line stop. The station gained notoriety when, in 1903 a deadly head-on train collision caused derailment and a fire known as the Esmond Wreck. It is believed that as many as 22 people were killed and 45 injured. Pima County has contributed funds for stabilizing some of the old adobe buildings that remain at the site.

    Pima Air and Space Museum - 10

    Pima Air & Space Museum

    Description: In 1966, while celebrating the 25th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force, members of what is now the 309th Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Group lamented the loss of America’s aviation heritage as they watched historic World War II and 1950s-era aircraft taken from storage and fed into smelters. Base officials began setting aside aircraft stored in military yards that was representative of the nation’s aviation history. In 1976, the museum opened its gates to the public and today, military and commercial planes stored at the museum communicate the history of American aviation, a history specific to the growth of Tucson.
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