Sunday, January 22, 2017

Sharlot Hall Museum

The Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott, Arizona is an extensive historical museum that includes several historic buildings including the oldest surviving log cabin and the original Governor's Mansion (so-called because it was the first building in Arizona with two rooms.)   The museum itself is well worth a visit, with a lot of interesting items on display.   There were several docents in the various buildings, most of whom I believe are volunteers, and they were all very helpful and well informed.

Anyway, at the entrance to the museum grounds is this tiny Porter 0-4-0T, which was recently cosmetically restored.  It belonged to the Congress Gold Company, a local mining firm.

As you can see from the pictures, it was even used in passenger service, carrying workers to the mine on a single-truck open car.   This seems about one step above transporting people on speeders.

It sits under the canopy of this Disneyesque station building.

In the visitor's center is an operating HO diorama of Prescott in the early years.


Anonymous said...

I believe the Sharlot Hall locomotive was built as a street railway locomotive (i.e. steam dummy). The trolley car hauled as a trailer may have been actually built as a streetcar trailer. These engines in survival are probably rarer than horsecars. Only the one at Mammoth Caves retains all the orginal woodwork. Looks like it has bee nicely restored, thanks for the photos.

Randall Hicks said...

That's an interesting idea; I hadn't thought of that. Maybe I should have taken more pictures. Anyway, I've added one more that had problems with sun glare, but it's better than nothing.

Anonymous said...

That little 8 ton locomotive is C/N 873 of H.K. Porter in 8-1887. The locomotive was
built for the Lincoln Transit Company at Lincoln, Nebraska, according to J. David Conrad.

After three years, it was sold to become the Congress Gold Company #2 And that's where the story picks up at the Sharlot hall Museum.

If there is a book that covers early street car operations in Lincoln; than that is the place to look for additional information.

Ted Miles, IRM Member