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Chapter 77 Land Surveyor Weekly From #04 - To reach Southern Arizona from the East, at the present time, the shortest and most direct route is by way of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe railroad. This line begins at Kansas City, Missouri, and, passing through Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico, unites with the Southern Pacific at Deming, 1,149 miles from Kansas City; fare $74, first class. From Deming to Benson, twenty-eight miles from Tombstone, it is 173 miles; fare, $17 30. Daily stage lines run from Benson to Tombstone; fare, $6. From Deming to Tucson it is 219 miles; fare, $21.90—thus making the distance from Kansas City to Tombstone 1,340 miles, and to Tucson, 1,368 miles. Sleeping-cars are run on this route, and passengers have every comfort found in railroad traveling. The time from Kansas City to Tombstone or Tucson is about three days.

To reach Northern Arizona from the East, the traveler takes the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe line to Albuquerque, New Mexico. At this point the Atlantic and Pacific railroad strikes westward, on the thirty-fifth parallel, through Northern Arizona. This road is completed as far as Brigham City, in Apache county, 280 miles from Albuquerque. The fare from Kansas City to Albuquerque is $53. Persons desirous of visiting Northern Arizona will find stages at Brigham City, or at the end of the track, to convey them to Prescott and the principal points in Apache, Yavapai, and Mohave counties. Brigham City is about 180 miles east of Prescott, but the railroad is advancing at the rate of more than a mile a day, and the track will be 50 miles north of the capital of Arizona by the first of July, 1882. Prescott is distant from Kansas City 1,368 miles.

To reach Arizona from California, or the Pacific coast States or Territories, the quickest route is by the Southern Pacific railroad. To North Arizona by this line, the traveler has the choice of two routes from Yuma, by steamer up the Colorado, or by rail to Maricopa. Below we append a table of distances and rates of fare by this route to the principal points in the Territory, from San Francisco: Aubrey, Mohave county—Southern Pacific railroad to Yuma, 731 miles; river steamer, 255 miles; fare, $65. - Benson, Cachise county—Southern Pacific railroad, 1,024 miles; fare, $58. - Casa Grande, Pinal county—Southern Pacific railroad, 913 miles; fare, $52. - Castle Dome, Yuma county—Southern Pacific railroad, to Yuma, 731 miles; river steamer, 22 miles; fare, $49. - Florence, Pinal county—Southern Pacific railroad, to Casa Grande, 913 miles; stage, 22 miles; fare, $57. - Globe City, Gila county—Southern Pacific railroad, to Casa Grande, 913 miles; stage, via Florence; fare, $72. - Mineral Park, Mohave county—Southern Pacific railroad, to Yuma, 731 miles; river steamer to Hardyville, 300 miles; stage, 43 miles; fare, $75. - Pantano (station for Harshaw), Pima county—Southern Pacific railroad, 1,006 miles; fare, $57; by stage to Harshaw, 50 miles. - Phoenix, Maricopa county—Southern Pacific railroad, to Maricopa, 887 miles; stage, 35 miles; fare, $55. - Prescott, Yavapai county—Southern Pacific railroad, to Maricopa, 887 miles; stage, 150 miles; fare, $75. - Tombstone, Cachise county—Southern Pacific railroad, to Benson, 1,024 miles; stage, 31 miles; fare, $62. - Tucson, Pima county—Southern Pacific railroad, 978 miles; fare, $55. - Wilcox, Cachise county—Southern Pacific railroad, 1,064 miles; fare, $60.

The fares quoted above are first class. The local rate charged by the Southern Pacific in Arizona is ten cents per mile. From the foregoing it will be seen that all the principal points in Arizona can be visited from the East or the West quickly and comfortably; giving the traveler choice of rail, river, and stage routes through the Territory.

About The Historical Texts

Following is the list of uncopyrighted publications used for the History of Arizona and the Southwest. All can be easily found on-line in PDF format. Sorted by publication date they are:

  1. The Memoir of the Proposed Territory of Arizona - 1857 | By Sylvester Mowry
  2. Arizona and Sonora - 1863 | By Sylvester Mowry
  3. The Territory of Arizona_1874 | By Arizona Legislative Assembly
  4. Resources of Arizona - 1881 | By Arizona Legislative Assembly
  5. The History of Arizona and New Mexico, Volume 17 - 1889 - (Arizona Portion) | By Hubert Howe Bancroft
  6. Titan of Chasms the Grand Canyon - 1906 | By C.A. Higgins, J.W. Powell, Chas.F.Lumins
  7. Reminiscences of a Soldiers Wife - 1907 - (Arizona Portion) | By Ellen McGowan Biddle
  8. The First Through the Grand Canyon - 1915 | By Major John Wesley Powell
  9. The History of Arizona, Volume 1 - 1915 (starting Chapter VII) | By Thomas Edwin Farish
  10. The History of Arizona, Volume 2 - 1915 | By Thomas Edwin Farish
  11. The History of Arizona, Volume 3 - 1916 | By Thomas Edwin Farish
  12. The History of Arizona, Volume 4 - 1916 | By Thomas Edwin Farish
  13. The History of Arizona, Volume 5 - 1918 | By Thomas Edwin Farish
  14. The History of Arizona, Volume 6 - 1918 | By Thomas Edwin Farish
  15. The History of Arizona, Volume 7 - 1918 | By Thomas Edwin Farish
  16. The History Of Arizona, Volume 8 - 1918 | By Thomas Edwin Farish
  17. Arizona the Wonderland - 1917 | By George Wharton James
  18. The Story of Arizona - 1919 | By Will H. Robinson

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