Lecture – Early Railroading in AZ

Pink Icon Man - Lecture Event Date(s): 01/18/2018     Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Lecture – Vince Simpson – Early Railroading in Arizona

Local railroad enthusiast and historian Vince Simpson will be talking about the role the railroads played in the building of Arizona. The coming of the railroad was one of the major factors in accomplishing the settlement of the West. Railroads in the state of Arizona got their start in 1877 when the Southern Pacific arrived in Yuma on its way to completing its line to Tucson in 1880.

Vince Simpson

Model train displays such as the one now on the museum grounds and speakers like Vince Simpson help educate people as to what the early days of the Western railroads were like.

After retiring from IBM as senior manager with 30 years of domestic and international assignments, Vince has experienced significant difficulties in staying retired … this problem has led to a number of adventures including duties as president/ceo of an electronics technology company, an adjunct professorship at a state university, and even a couple of years managing large operations for the US Department of Commerce. Somewhere in the far distant past, Vince also served in the US Army and accumulated degrees in engineering, math, and business .

The lecture begins at 2:00. Bring your lawn chairs, as seating for this event fills up fast. While you are waiting for the lecture to begin, you can buy a delicious hot dog or tamale from Pat the Hot Dog Lady. Coffee and cookies will be available for purchase with all proceeds going to the museum for continuing education programs.

  • Don’t forget a hat and sunscreen.
  • Please, no smoking on the property.
  • Please put your cell phone on vibrate during the lecture or turn it off.

Buy a raffle ticket! As a Self-supporting organization that receives no federal, state, or local funding, we rely on revenues generated by our gift shops, events, and fundraisers. As one of our fundraisers, at each week’s lecture we raffle off an item from our gift shop, usually something that is related to the lecture topic for the day. Raffle tickets are priced at 1 for $1, or 6 for $5. Winning tickets are drawn from tickets sold that day. Winner must be present to win.

Don’t forget to buy some tickets for this season’s special fundraising raffle of a 1/4oz gold nugget. Tickets are on sale for $1.00 each, or six for $5.00. The drawing will be held on March 29th, at the conclusion of Dan Ware’s lecture. You need not be present to win.

Gold Nugget for the 2017-2018 season raffle next to a dime

Gold Nugget for the 2017-2018 season raffle next to a dime

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