In Tucson the people are now called on for a franchise for a street railway and the published ordinance shows that the railroad company is asking for the privilege to run their track on almost every street in the city. The company agrees to build four miles of road in one year from the granting of the franchise and to build one mile each year thereafter until the rights of the franchise have been exhausted. It is proposed to install an electric street railroad system in the old pueblo to supplant Charlie Hoff’s mules.
— Bisbee daily review, 1905-08-16, p.7
The Tucson Street Railway: Its Points of Superiority Over the Phoenix System.
George P. Scholefield, a prominent cattleman of Pima county, arrived in the city yesterday morning to attend a meeting of cattlemen who are engaged in considering live stock legislation. Mr. Scholefield, on his way out of the captiol building yesterday, got to comparing the street car system with the one at home, of which Tucson is justly proud. The Tucson system, Rr. Scholefield said, possessed certain advantages, or at least one advantage, over the Phoenix system, and that was the simplicity of its schedule. The rolling stock consists of one mule and one car. The gait of the mule, while not so fast as that of an electric car, is less variable. There is never any probability of a grounded current, and those who have once timed the mule can tell to within an hour when he will be at any given point. Thus those about to set out on a journey from Stone avenue to the university or intermediate points have time to make their wills, arrange their earthly affairs and bid their friends an affectionate farewell. People in Tucson do not have to run the risk of breaking their necks or invite heart disease whenever they want to take a street car journey.
The Tucson street railway company is just now encountering its first real trouble and the schedule is somewhat disarranged. The mud has covered up the track in a great many places and the mule is like a mariner at sea without a compass. He sometimes makes detours not contemplated by the engineer who laid out the line and a great deal of time is lost in locating the right of way. The mule and the driver, though, “cut for trail” and invariably find it.
Electricity, Mr. Scholefield says, would be a dismal failure on that system.
— The Arizona Republican, 1901-02-12, p.4