While we were still in Arizona we drove over to Scottsdale with the daughters and grandsons to ride trains and see some wonderful exhibits. In 1967, Fowler McCormick donated 100 acres of land to be used as a park. In 1971, Guy Stillman donated his railroad to the park even though Walt Disney had offered to buy it.
Both Jacob and Joshua love trains so they were thrilled to hear "All Aboard!"
After our train ride, we went to see the "real" train. This engine hauled ore from Arizona copper mining town Superior to the smelter at Magma a for 38 years.
The little building next to the train is the Gabe Brooks Machine Shop built in 1930. He was considered the finest machinist in the country during WWII.
Inside the baggage car were lots of exhibits.
However, the real star of the park is the Roald Amundsen Pullman Car, one of the last cars built by the Pullman Company. This one was used for Presidential travel by every president from Herbert Hoover to Dwight Eisenhower and donated to the park in 1971.
Presidential meals were prepared in this galley.......
and served at this table.
This table was available for smaller meals.
The Presidential Compartment.
Not exactly palatial quarters, but functional.
Even Presidents have to use the....ahem....facilities.
In 1940, President Franklin Roosevelt and Canadian Prime Minister W.L. McKenzie King signed the Ogdensberg Declaration, providing for the joint defense of North America - in this very car! We know it better as NORAD.
Soon, we were on our way to one more train ride.
All too soon we said "good-bye" to McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park - and Arizona. The hardest part was leaving the kids and grandkids!
Next time I'll continue with more Florida adventures.