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Talk: The Historical Influences of the Railroads on the Borderlands
February 4, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm$10
Rio Rico historian Dwight Thibodeaux will speak about how the arrival of the railroads in Arizona Territory affected the borderlands. Today, we don’t think about railroads unless the traffic arms come down at a railroad crossing and block our way. This is especially true since there is no passenger service (only freight) from Nogales to Tucson. Dwight will explain how the Gadsden Purchase of 1854, which resulted in the purchase of southern Arizona from Mexico, was motivated primarily by the railroads. Beginning in the 1880s, the railroads had an enormous impact on southern Arizona, including an impact on marriages! He will also explain how Rio Rico could have become a major metropolitan area with over a million residents, if only the many proposed railroads had been completed to Calabasas! Call (520) 398-2252 to make your reservation. $10 fee includes all day admission to tour the Park.