Trains of Tempe

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November 10, 2016 - October 8, 2017

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Changing Gallery Exhibit:
Trains of Tempe

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.

On view will be panels with photographs and an overview of the train history of Tempe, special topics focused on bridges, special trains, stations and train companies that operated in Tempe. A number of artifacts related to trains are on display, some from the museum collection, others from the Arizona Railway Museum in Chandler and from private collectors.

Enjoy 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 at the interactive computer station in the exhibit or in the comfort of your home.

 GIS Story Map photo - web

In addition to all the cool items to see in the Changing Exhibits gallery, there will be "Train Stories" in the Community Room. 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.

The featured exhibit runs through October 8, 2017.

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.

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