Lawrence J. Fleming Papers
The Lawrence J. Fleming Papers consist primarily of correspondence, grant applications, notes, drawings, photographs, articles, promotional items, technical documentation, and other materials showing Fleming's work to establish, maintain, and expand the Arizona Street Railway Museum, including acquiring and restoring three trolley cars (#44, #116, and #504) that ran on the Phoenix Street Railway. Also included are materials documenting Fleming's service to the Arizona Historical Society's Central Arizona Chapter, research on the Fleming and Coyne families, and work with the Central Arizona Air Museum.
Joseph Smith started working as a motorman on the Phoenix Street Railway in October of 1926 and retired in 1956. In this interview, Smith and Fleming discuss the Phoenix Street Railway's development, the types of cars employed, the track used, individual routes, maintenance issues, and working conditions for Railway employees. Smith also reflects on Phoenix's development, including "millionaire's row," the growth of residential neighborhoods, canals, and businesses.
Sam Hodges went to work with the Phoenix Street Railway in 1913. He left the Railway to serve in the Army during World War I and returned to Phoenix in 1922. He continued working with the Railway until 1948, when he ran one of the last cars down Washington Street in the "Last Run" ceremony. In this interview, Hodges and Fleming discuss specific lines, the construction and operation of cars used on the Railway, working conditions for Railway employees, and accidents on the Railway. Hodges also discusses a trip he took to visit his sister in California, the challenges American military personnel face when returning from deployment, and his time working on an Arizona ostrich farm.