Lewis Springs to Fort Huachuca

The Fort Huachuca Branch


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This is a remnant of the Fort Huachuca branch on the west side of Sierra Vista, facing west. Photo by Mike Palmer, February 2002.

This branch was originally built by the El Paso & South Western Railroad, and then became part of the Southern Pacific. It branched from the SP's Benson-Douglas line at Lewis Springs and headed west through Sierra Vista (formerly known as Fry) to Fort Huachuca. It was abandoned between 1967 and 1977.

While some traces of ballast and ties can be seen through Sierra Vista, this branch was not built for heavy use and is difficult to locate in some places.

Historic ICC Abandonment Filings

Docket Number: AB-12 Sub 33 Date: 6/7/1976 Section: 1a
Application filed for authority to abandon line from MP 1058.77 near Lewis Springs in a westerly direction to the end of the branch at MP 1070.99 near Fort Huachuca, a distance of 12.22 miles in Cochise County, Arizona. (This line includes the stations of Garden Canon and Fort Huachuca)
Length: 12.22 miles Citation:  

Grade is very easy to backtrack from Lewis Springs

Sierra Vista, AZ


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