Lecture on Tucson’s First Electric Street Railway



Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation

Fall History Lecture

Wires and Rails: The Story of Tucson’s

First Electric Street Railway

Thursday September 25th 7:00pm – 9:00pm

The Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation is pleased to present its first fall lecture,

 “Wires and Rails: The Story of Tucson’s First Electric Street Railway” by Gene Caywood,

President and Chief Executive Officer of the Old Pueblo Trolley Museum.

In honor of Tucson’s new electric streetcar, we will look back at the

history of the electric streetcar system. The new “modern streetcar” isn’t

Tucson’s first streetcar system, but it is the fourth, and three of them were

powered by electricity.

The presentation will begin with a brief description of the horse/mule drawn omnibuses

and streetcars that preceded the first electric street railway.

It will then focus on the story of the electric streetcars (trolleys) that ran

from 1906 to 1930, their establishment, operation,

decline and replacement with motor buses.

The lecture will begin at 7 pm, doors open at 6:45 in the East Gallery at

St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church, 4440 N. Campbell Avenue (at River Road).

All are welcome to attend this free lecture.

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).