Canyon Rail Road To Perkins Mine - Click To Enlarge

Railroad To Perkins Mine

The Verde Canyon Railroad is the current version of the old Perkins Copper Mine system. No mine runs now but the rail lines are maintained and several times a week a full train of old Pullman cars makes the round trip.

Canyon Rail Road To Perkins Mine - Click To Enlarge
Canyon Rail Road To Perkins Mine – Click To Enlarge
Canyon Rail Road To Perkins Mine - Click To Enlarge
Canyon Rail Road To Perkins Mine – Click To Enlarge

Tourists are now the cargo. Photographers have open sided flat cars from where the canyons and open prairie lands can be seen.

The round trip is about 4 hours and travels through tunnels, along deep canyons, and even old Native American pueblos high up in the rock.

Canyon Rail Road To Perkins Mine - Click To Enlarge
Canyon Rail Road To Perkins Mine – Click To Enlarge

The destination is the old town of Perkinsville, the mine company town. There is nothing but cattle, Roadrunners, and abandon buildings now. Great photo opp!

Last Old West Telegraph Lines Still Standing - Click To Enlarge
Last Old West Telegraph Lines Still Standing – Click To Enlarge

The old western telegraph lines caught my attention. Lines were added in the mid 1800’s to provide communication between the town and the outside world. They were never removed and still stand, some wires at the ready. Anyone who has ever watched an old western movie has seen these old telegraphs in action. It struck me as a real piece of the old west, not a Hollywood prop. I liked this as much as anything else on the trip.

 

 

 

Leave Comments - Thank You

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.