City of Goodyear, Arizona
For Immediate Release: Feb. 19, 2009
Old Litchfield Train Depot to be moved Tuesday to new location
GOODYEAR, ARIZ. (Feb. 19, 2009) – The historic old Litchfield Train Depot, built more than 80 years ago, will be moved from its original location near Litchfield Road and Maricopa County 85 to a new location nearly three miles away.
The train station’s journey begins at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 24, and will take most of the morning to complete. It will be transported to its new location near Roscoe Park, not far from MC 85 and Cotton Lane. The route is outlined on the map, attached.
The city of Goodyear used a portion of the $47,000 in Legacy Project grant funds received from the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission to buy the depot from a private party and move the structure to its new location.
Plans to restore the historic station are being considered, and the city expects to put the refurbished building to good use in the future. Goodyear’s Centennial Commission will study the options and offer recommendations to the city council, with the goal of situating the depot in a permanent location and completing restoration in time for Arizona’s Centennial Celebration on February 14, 2012.
The 1,900-square-foot station was built in 1928 by the Southern Pacific Railroad and has strong historical ties with the area dating back to the early days of the last century, when Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. grew cotton in this region for use in its tires. Back then, the depot served as the arrival and departure point for Goodyear executives who traveled along a palm-lined road to the Goodyear Organization House, which is now the Wigwam Golf Resort and Spa.