A few quick facts about the Sunset Route – a Union Pacific stretch of tracks from El Paso to Los Angeles.
1) Was referred to as “Stormy” by old timers because of the summer storms.
2) Was finished in 1881.
3) A stub line from the Sunset route into Tombstone was finished on that same year. This was the same year as the famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral.
4) By the late 1800s the Sunset Route was delivering tourists to destinations in Phoenix, Tucson, and California.
5) A piece of land south of the Gila River was purchased by Congress from Mexico for the Sunset Route. The name of the purchase was the Gadsden um…Purchase.