Kelton to Gleeson

The Gleeson Branch

Point of Interest

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The former Arizona and Colorado Railroad grade between Kelton and Gleeson. Photo by Chris Poole, May 2012.

The Arizona and Colorado Railroad ran from Cochise to Kelton, AZ, where it branched off to the west and went across the mountain above Gleeson, AZ, and served the Copper Belle and El Tejon mines, among others. In 1910 it became part of the Arizona Eastern system, itself a subsidiary of the Southern Pacific Railroad.

After the 1924 consolidation by the Southern Pacific it was simply called the Gleeson Branch.

Thanks to Chris Poole for contributing information about this route.

Historic ICC Abandonment Filings

Docket Number: 9114 Date: 1/13/1932 Section: 1
App. of Arizona Eastern RR. Co., El Paso & Southwestern RR. Co. and Southern Pacific Co., their lessee, for certificate to abandon: 1) the Cochise-Douglas Branch, extending from Cochise to Douglas, a distance of 59.1 miles; 2) the Gleeson Branch, extending from Kelton to Gleeson, a distance of 6.4 miles; 3) the Courtland Branch, extending from Kelton to Courtland, a distance of 4.6 miles; and 4) the Commonwealth Branch, extending from Pearce to Commonwealth Mill, a distance of 1.2 miles; all in Cochise County, Arizona.
Length: 71.3 miles Citation: 193 ICC 8  
Also under this filing: The Cochise-Douglas Branch, The Courtland Branch, The Commonwealth Branch   

Looking for additional history on Kelton and also Caliente which ran from Kelton to Douglas (I think). Caliente was near the area of Elfrida & Webb.

Marti Roe
Redding, CA


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