Pioneer Museum

Esperanza’s World – Transportation Center

Esperanza’s World – Transportation Center




Activities / Teacher Resources

Traveling through Arizona during Esperanza’s time was done many different ways, from horses, to stagecoaches, to trains.  People loved to move around, see sights, and connect to the world outside of Tucson.  When a mail route came to Tucson, people were able to write and receive letters from friends and family around the country.  The railroad coming to Tucson meant more goods, people, and opportunities in Arizona.

Chapter 5, Page 35, “Senor Mansfeld spoke in a thick German accent.  He poked Senor Levin’s vest with one stiff finger to emphasize the point he was making.  He said, “My friend, we aspire to make this a civilized town.  And I say we are getting there.  We have a telegraph, law and order, my bookstore of course, and now I hear Southern Pacific builds a railroad to connect us with California and Texas.  All good steps towards modernization.”