Many thanks to the Tempe History Museum, which offered me astonishing source photos for this new work.
Of course, we’re all wondering what’s behind Curtain Number Two. And Curtain Number Three! I don’t even want to go there.
Here’s a Library of Congress photo showing the train from a different angle. The caption is: 1902 VIEW SHOWING TRAIN WRECK ON MARICOPA AND PHOENIX RAILROAD CAUSED BY BRIDGE FAILURE RESULTING FROM FLOOD DAMAGE – ASH AVENUE BRIDGE. Hmm. A few years ago, but not far from my house.