The Christmas Branch

Winkelman to Christmas, Arizona

If you look closely, you can see the last surviving section of this ROW before it merges with Highway 77 which runs towards Globe, Arizona. Highway 77 was relocated onto the railroad grade after the 1961 abandonment. The roadbed seen above on the hillside was the old highway. Photo by Chris Poole, September 2012.

—  ICC Abandonment Filings  —

Southern Pacific Railroad
Docket: 21580 4/24/1961 Section: 1(18)
App. for auth. to aband. that portion of the Christmas Branch, Tucson Div'n. betw, M.P. 1003.480 at or near Winkelman and the end of the branch line at M.P. 1010.883 at or near Christmas, a distance of approx. 7.403mi., together with all sidings, spur tracks and appurtenances, all in the County of Gila, State of Ariz.
Length: 7.403 miles Citation:  

—  User Comments  —

when you're driving out of Winkleman on 77 North, if you look up the north side of the hills as you're driving out of town, you can see the old roadbed including cuts and fills, especially at milepost 140 on 77, there's a good size stone and concrete embankment there.

Henry R
Phoenix, AZ