Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Silver Horizon open for tours this Saturday

The Maricopa Historical Society has announced that the historic California Zephyr Silver Horizon rail car will be open for public tours this Saturday, November 16th.

The Silver Horizon was part of the famous California Zephyr domes and streamliners that charmed the American people for more than 20 years. The dome car was built for the California Zephyr passenger line, which operated from 1949 until 1970.

The car was moved to Maricopa in 2000 and used as a ticket office for the Amtrak station. The ticket office was later moved to a larger space but the Zephyr has remained as the landmark for Maricopa.

Before moving to Maricopa the Silver Horizon was used in a scene from the movie Pearl Harbor starring Ben Affleck, which was released in 2001.

Featured at the event will be photographs from the City of Maricopa’s 2013 Shutter Shot contest which featured 24 hours of snap shots of Maricopa on the day of the 10th anniversary of the city’s incorporation.  Visitors will be able to tour the lower coach and upper observation deck, as well as a display of artifacts from Maricopa’s rich history.

Maricopa Historical Society calendars and the book Images of America: Maricopa will be on sale. Raffle tickets for the Historical Society’s Valentine Quilt will be available at $5 for one ticket or three tickets for $10. The quilt will also be on hand for viewing

The Silver Horizon is located at the intersection of John Wayne Parkway (SR347) and Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway, adjacent to the Amtrak station.

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