Past Exhibit: Trains of Tempe (2017)
The introduction of rail service to the area resulted in a transformation of Tempe and the Salt River Valley. The ability to move people and goods in vast quantities resulted in community growth, increased prosperity and significant change. The themes of transportation and transformation are core to this exhibit.
The exhibit consisted of information panels with photographs that featured an overview of the train history of Tempe. Special topic panels focused on bridges, special trains, stations and train companies that operated in Tempe. A number of artifacts related to trains are were display, some from the museum collection, others from the Arizona Railway Museum in Chandler and from private collectors.
Visitors enjoyed interactive areas such as a place to dress in train worker garb and snap a selfie and telegraph stations to send and receive messages in Morse Code.
Explore the various railroad stations and bridges that existed in Tempe over the years with the Trains of Tempe GIS Story Map that includes a brief video on the topic.
In addition to the GIS Map, there are a number of short videos of available on-line . Learn about a train robbery, Prisoners of War, the mule-drawn Goodwin Trolley and more in this interesting panel exhibit featuring newspaper accounts and photographs.
This exhibition was produced in partnership with Arizona Railway Museum. It was made possible through the support of the City of Tempe, Tempe Historical Society and AZ Humanities.