The John Bell Museum, teeming with vintage artifacts ranging from...read more
The John Bell Museum, teeming with vintage artifacts ranging from 100-year-old switch locks to railroad lanterns that span the same distance of time, is free and open daily to the public. Over the past 28 years, the keen-eyed maintenance-of-way crew has unearthed these hidden treasures along the railroad tracks. Originally located inside the southwestern-style depot, the museum was named for original car attendant and longtime Clarkdale resident John Bell. In 2008 the collection was moved to its current home, a restored boxcar on the patio grounds. Eye-catching storyboards, overflowing with details on the Verde Canyon encounter, pioneer spirit and railroad lore, installed along the quarter-mile length of the depot’s loading platform. Decades have passed since the John Bell Museum first opened and the evolution of the exhibit will continue with every new artifact found, or donated, to the collection.