Arizona, Francis Wilson, Grand Canyon, History, Photography, Railway Depot, Travel

Symbol of Days Gone By, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Grand Canyon Train Depot

Today I want to share with you a picture and a little history of a time long gone from our history.

The picture is of the Grand Canyon Train Depot and it just happens to be the first spot where this Southern gal met the Grand Canyon Village for the first time. I managed to capture the shot from the moving train as we were leaving the station headed back to Williams after our weekend at the Canyon. Unfortunately, the picture doesn’t catch the full “essence” of the quaint old building. It seems I do not share with Superman the ability to stop a speeding train…in other words, the train wouldn’t stop long enough for me to catch the shot I would have liked.

The Depot was designed by Francis Wilson at the turn of last century and has stood at its location on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon since 1909. The main building material used during its construction was logs, making it one of 14 log constructed depots of is time. Three log depots remain today and The Grand Canyon Depot is the only one still serving as a depot. At one time, travel by train was the choice of travel by the elite and upper class…now it’s view more or less as a novelty.

Originally built to service the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, the depot now receives guest arriving for visits to the Canyon aboard the Grand Canyon Railroad. This route runs from William, AZ to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and back. It is a delightful trip to take.

© 2009 Beverly Hicks Burch All Rights Reserved.

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