Benson Arizona was created in 1880 by the Southern Pacific Railroad. It was the hub of Southern Arizona connecting former mining communities and even connecting with the Sonoran Railroad line into Mexico. The railroad history of Benson is an important part of what Benson is today. Thousands of train enthusiasts come to Benson each year just to see the trains come through town. They watch and take pictures of the locomotives and cargo for their railroad photo collections. Now, with a grant from the Union Pacific Foundation, the visitor center has add a “G” scale model train and 96 feet of track around the inside perimeter of the office. A former train control stand was added to allow visitors an opportunity to drive the train and receive an official Benson Train Engineer certificate.