Willcox, Arizona – April 2023 – Historic Railroad Avenue

The town of Willcox grew up because of the railroad, and it’s primary business street (for 2 blocks) is Railroad Avenue. The old passenger depot is now city hall.

There are a couple of pieces of memorabilia outside the building, as well as a small exhibit inside.

A vacant train car sits across the street with a ramada over it.

The town dates from the late 1800s.

Most of the buildings date from the early 1900s.

The town’s most famous son is Rex Allen, the ‘Arizona Cowboy’. Rex was a singer and actor along the lines of Roy Rogers. If you do a search for him you can find him doing a great version of Tumblin’ Tumbleweeds, complete with a green rhinestone suit.

The Willcox area has 15 wineries surrounding it, as well as huge pecan and pistachio farms, but in the end Willcox was, is, and will always be a railroad town.

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