Saturday, April 18, 2015
I posted a photo of this station before but, it's been several years ago. I took this photo recently and I'm sad to say it looks exactly the same. The station was built in 1923 by the Santa Fe and Arizona Eastern (now Southern Pacific) Railways. It's Mission Revival style and is designated a national historic place.
Amtrak no longer runs through Phoenix so the station has not been used since 1996 with the exception of a few special occasions like when the Olympic Torch passed through Phoenix.
There has been talk about putting in a high speed rail line between Phoenix and Tucson but nothing has been settled yet and even if that does happen I doubt this station would be used. I sure wish someone would do something unique with this wonderful old building. I love to see it busy with people once again.