Grand Canyon Railway (NRIS 00000319)
From Williams, AZ, to Grand Canyon National Park,
Arizona. County/parish: Coconino.
1 contributing building.
17 contributing sites.
Added to the National Register of Historic Places
August 23, 2000.
- Grand Canyon Railway
- The Grand Canyon Railway (reporting mark GCRX), is a heritage railroad which carries passengers between Williams, Arizona, and the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.
The 64-mile (103-kilometer) railroad, built by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, was completed on September 17, 1901. The arrival of trains led increased tourism to the area, and the railway company was instrumental in the creation of the Grand Canyon Village to serve guests.
Declining ridership due to the popularity of the automobile led the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway to cease passenger service of the Grand Canyon Railway in July 1968 and freight service on the line ended in 1974.
The railway chugged back to life in the late 1980s, after private investors purchased the line in 1988, restored the facilities, and passenger trains started running again on September 17, 1989.
Today, the railroad carries hundreds of passengers to and from the canyon every day and operates year-round.
The entire Grand Canyon Railway has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, recognizing the contribution the train has made to the history of the United States. (read more...)
- Classical Revival
- No Style Listed
National Park Service documentation: https://npgallery.nps.gov/AssetDetail/NRIS/00000319