Twilight for Perkinsville

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In 1912 the Santa Fe Railroad brought a spur line through the Perkins family ranch, creating a watering station and a siding for loading cattle. Thus was born Perkinsville, Arizona, which never amounted to much more than this depot and the adjacent ranch buildings. Passenger service ended in 1955. The 1962 movie How The West Was Won was partially filmed here, the depot playing the part of the "Gold City" station. Since then, the little depot building has sat unused, waiting for passengers who will never return.

Perkinsville is located between the towns of Williams and Jerome on the Perkinsville Road. However, the townsite is on private property and not accessible to the public. This photo was taken from the Verde Canyon Railroad, which pauses at Perkinsville to change engines on the siding; passengers can view the townsite from the train but are not allowed to disembark.

Location: Perkinsville, Arizona
Date: August 3, 2007
Time: 7:39 p.m. PST
Camera: Kodak Z650 Zoom Digital
Exposure: Automatic, flash on


Revised: August 11, 2007
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