1932 : El Paso to Los Angeles Train Journey

 

CONTINUED.............MID-MORNING
CONTINUED.............MID-MORNING

28th MAY, 1932

1932 : Meher Baba's journey route across the USA
1932 : Meher Baba's journey route across the USA
Meher Baba wearing a brown suit
Meher Baba wearing a brown suit

 

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1930s ; The "Sunset" passing Picacho Peak landmark west of Tucson, AZ., on the "Golden State Limited" line.  Image from "Classic Trains Collection" magazine. Courtesy of Larry Karrasch.
1930s ; The "Sunset" passing Picacho Peak landmark west of Tucson, AZ., on the "Golden State Limited" line. Image from "Classic Trains Collection" magazine. Courtesy of Larry Karrasch.

 

NOTE : The route marked on the maps are as accurate as per the information it's based on. There might have been slight deviations in some parts due to the day of the week or faults in the rail-line on the day.

 

 

The Golden State Limited train traveled along different rail lines after leaving Chicago to reach Los Angeles.

These rail lines were called by different names between certain towns and cities. The rail line between Chicago & Kansas City the line was called Chicago, Rock Is. & Pacific Line.

Between Kansas City and Tucumcari, NM. it was called Rock Island Line and onto to El Paso,TX. it was the Southern Pacific  Line.

The final leg of the journey between El Paso and Los Angeles,CA. it was also the Southern Pacific Line.

 

NOTE : Because of the lack of information presently, we cannot determine which of 2 train route Meher Baba travelled along in the states of New Mexico & Arizona. These routes are marked in both rose and blue.

 

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Golden State Limited rear train carriage - 1932
Golden State Limited rear train carriage - 1932

PINK ROUTE : TOTAL RAIL DISTANCE BETWEEN EL PASO, TX. TO TUCSON, AZ.

IS 312 MILES / 502 KMS.

 

OR

BLUE ROUTE : TOTAL RAIL DISTANCE BETWEEN EL PASO, TX. TO TUCSON VIA DOUGLAS, AZ. IS 340 MILES / 547 KMS.

 

Departed El Paso at 9:10 am and arrived in Douglas, AZ., at 1:50 pm. Later arrived in Tucson at 5:20 pm.

 

 

EL PASO,  TEXAS

 

El Paso Union Station
El Paso Union Station
1930s - El Paso. Image from Classic Trains Collection. Courtesy of Larry Karresch.
1930s - El Paso. Image from Classic Trains Collection. Courtesy of Larry Karresch.
EL PASO, TEXAS - close up
EL PASO, TEXAS - close up

 

The train arrived in El Paso, Texas, the next day at 8:45 in the morning and Baba got down at the station. He had a 20-minute walk before proceeding to Tucson, Arizona, which was reached at 5:20 that evening.

( See the previous chapter for more details on El Paso.

 

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NEW MEXICO

 NEW MEXICO STATE MAP. This map shows the journey Meher Baba took across the state of New Mexico. This map apart from the rivers and county lines only shows rail-lines not roads.
NEW MEXICO STATE MAP. This map shows the journey Meher Baba took across the state of New Mexico. This map apart from the rivers and county lines only shows rail-lines not roads.

 

Blue Route : El Paso to Tucson

 

refer to the map near the top of this page which shows the 2 routes to Tucson.

It is not known presently, whether the train carrying Meher Baba and his companions stopped at any of the following train/Union stations.

 

COLUMBUS

RODEO

DOUGLAS

BISBEE

FAIRBANK

VAIL

 

COLUMBUS, NM.

 

Visit the "Location" page for this town on this web site, click on the button.

 

 

RODEO, NM.

 

 

DOUGLAS, ARIZONA

OLD DOUGLAS UNION STATION
OLD DOUGLAS UNION STATION

 

 

BISBEE, ARIZONA

 

 

FAIRBANK, ARIZONA

 

 

VAIL, ARIZONA

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TUCSON, ARIZONA

 

 

Tucson Union Station

 

Tucson, Arizona  in the Past

The image above shows the 2 train routes which converge South of Tucson. They represent the blue and pink routes previously mentioned.
The image above shows the 2 train routes which converge South of Tucson. They represent the blue and pink routes previously mentioned.

PINK ROUTE : TOTAL RAIL DISTANCE BETWEEN TUCSON, AZ. TO LOS ANGELES,CA. IS 503 MILES / 810 KMS.

 

OR

 

BLUE ROUTE : TOTAL RAIL DISTANCE BETWEEN TUCSON, AZ. TO LOS ANGELES,CA. VIA PHOENIX, AZ. IS 798 MILES / 1,284 KMS.

 

 

Kansas City, Missouri  to Phoenix, Arizona
Kansas City, Missouri to Phoenix, Arizona

 

 

Pink Route : El Paso to Tucson

refer to the map near the top of this page which shows the 2 routes to Tucson.

It is not known presently, whether the train carrying Meher Baba and his companions stopped at any of the following train/Union stations.

 

DEMING

LORDSBURG

BOWIE

WILLCOX

BENSON

 

 

DEMING, NM.

 

 

LORDSBURG, NM.

 

 

BOWIE, ARIZONA

 

 

WILLCOX, ARIZONA

 

 

BENSON, ARIZONA

1930s - Southern Pacific train. Image taken by J.Morley for the"Classic Trains" magazine. Courtesy of Larry Karrasch.
1930s - Southern Pacific train. Image taken by J.Morley for the"Classic Trains" magazine. Courtesy of Larry Karrasch.

 

 

ARIZONA

ARIZONA STATE MAP. This map shows the journey Meher Baba took across the state of Arizona. This map apart from the rivers and county lines only shows rail-lines not roads.
ARIZONA STATE MAP. This map shows the journey Meher Baba took across the state of Arizona. This map apart from the rivers and county lines only shows rail-lines not roads.
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CASA  GRANDE, ARIZONA

Tucson - Phoenix - Yuma
Tucson - Phoenix - Yuma

 

 

PHOENIX, ARIZONA

 

 

OLD UNION RAILWAY STATION

 

Images from the Past

 

PRESENT

Telegram received by Meher Baba from c/o Herbert Davy in Nanking, China. Courtesy of AMB Archives, India.
Telegram received by Meher Baba from c/o Herbert Davy in Nanking, China. Courtesy of AMB Archives, India.

 

The train arrived in Phoenix at 8:40 pm. It stayed a short while before heading to Yuma on the border with California.

 

 

 

29th May, 1932

 

Arrived at Yuma, Arizona at 1:05 am & departed for Los Angeles after a very short stay.

 

YUMA, ARIZONA

Yuma Southern Pacific Station
Yuma Southern Pacific Station
YUMA, ARIZONA - close up map
YUMA, ARIZONA - close up map
Present day
Present day
Early 1940s : Yuma Railway Station with Native Indian selling their goods. The train and carriages are very typical that were used in the early 1930s. Southern Pacific train-Image from"Classic Trains" magazine. Courtesy of Larry Karrasch.
Early 1940s : Yuma Railway Station with Native Indian selling their goods. The train and carriages are very typical that were used in the early 1930s. Southern Pacific train-Image from"Classic Trains" magazine. Courtesy of Larry Karrasch.
1930s Pullman carriage that was used on the "Golden State" route. Image from "Classic Trains" magazine. Courtesy of Larry Karrasch.
1930s Pullman carriage that was used on the "Golden State" route. Image from "Classic Trains" magazine. Courtesy of Larry Karrasch.

PINK ROUTE : TOTAL RAIL DISTANCE BETWEEN TUCSON,AZ. TO YUMA, AZ. IS 251 MILES / 404 KMS.

OR

BLUE ROUTE : TOTAL RAIL DISTANCE BETWEEN TUCSON TO YUMA, AZ. VIA PHOENIZ, AZ. IS 295 MILES / 475 KMS.

 

 

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CALIFORNIA

CALIFORNIA STATE MAP. This map shows the journey Meher Baba took across the state of California. This map apart from the rivers and county lines only shows rail-lines not roads.
CALIFORNIA STATE MAP. This map shows the journey Meher Baba took across the state of California. This map apart from the rivers and county lines only shows rail-lines not roads.

TOTAL RAIL DISTANCE BETWEEN YUMA,AZ. TO LOS ANGELES,CA. IS 252 MILES / 406 KMS.

 

 

29th May, 1932

 

After arriving at Yuma, Arizona at 1:05 am the train departed for Los Angeles after a very short stay.

The following are some of the train stations that the train passed through before arriving at Alhambra train station at 8:30am.

It's is not known if any stops were made at some of the bigger stations prior.

 

S-E corner of Southern California showing the rail route of Meher Baba's journey -  detail of the border town of Yuma, Arizona
S-E corner of Southern California showing the rail route of Meher Baba's journey - detail of the border town of Yuma, Arizona

 

OGILBY, CA.

Ogilby Railway Station
Ogilby Railway Station

 

NILAND, CA.

Niland Railway Station
Niland Railway Station

 

MECCA, CA.

Rail route near Mecca, CA.
Rail route near Mecca, CA.
Southern California detail map of Meher Baba's train route to Los Angeles.
Southern California detail map of Meher Baba's train route to Los Angeles.

 

 

GARNET, CA.

 

 

BANNING, CA.

 

 

BEAUMONT, CA.

 

 

REDLANDS, CA.

 

 

COLTON, CA.

 

 

ONTARIO, CA.

 

 

POMONA, CA.

Pomona Railway Station
Pomona Railway Station

 

 

ALHAMBRA, CA.

 

 

Reaching Los Angeles at 8:30 A.M. on Sunday, 29 May 1932, Baba went to stay at the home of Priscilla and Marc Edmund Jones, at 2400 North Gower Street in Hollywood.

 

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2400 North Gower Street in Hollywood

 

2400 North Gower Street, Hollywood, CA.
2400 North Gower Street, Hollywood, CA.
1932 : Downtown Los Angeles
1932 : Downtown Los Angeles

 

 

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The Olympic Games occured about a month after Meher Baba left Los Angeles
The Olympic Games occured about a month after Meher Baba left Los Angeles