Santa Fe, Prescott & Phoenix Railway


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Santa Fe, Prescott & Phoenix Railway Train, Engine Number 7, Poland, Arizona. The Bradshaw Mountain Railroad was a branch of the larger Santa Fe railroad. It was promoted by Frank Murphy as mining activity on Big Bug Creek, a tunnel through the mountains that connected Poland with Walker was completed, and a 20-stamp mill at the Poland Mine justfied its building. The train came from the Prescott area, side-tracked at a spot named Poland Junction, and followed a course alongside Big Bug Creek. Many stops were made along the way with the terminus at the Big Poland Mine and the tunnel entrance. It was then turned around on a concrete slab or "turntable," and headed back to it's origin with ore and materials obtained from the mines and smelter located there. The railroad was very busy hauling concentrates, materials and delivering supplies in the early part of the 20th Century. By the thirties, however, as mining yields declined, fewer trips were made weekly. By the thirties, the route was no longer used and the rails were removed and taken away.


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