Everyone knows that Benson is the home of Kartchner Caverns. But what else is there in and around Benson Arizona? Benson is the gateway and closest town of any significance to many places worth a visit. Benson is not a modern town. It is a railroad town. There is no glitz here. It is a way of life. Below are some interesting places worth a visit.

In Benson Town

Benson Visitor Center

This visitor center is located in a reproduction train depot modeled after the original depot built a hundred years earlier. It has old photographs of Benson’s history throughout and a model G-scale train on 96 feet of tracks that kids can operate and receive an official Benson Train Engineer Certificate. Lots of brochures for area attractions.

249 E. 4th Street

Benson Historical Museum

Located one block off the main drag, this quaint little museum will take you back into the history of Benson, Arizona. It is located in a 1920’s mercantile building. You will find varied displays of life in this railroad town including the old horse-drawn school bus. It is worth the time to stop in while traveling through Benson. The permanent displays provide an opportunity to step into an old-time general store and make a trip to an optometrist’s office. Other displays highlight home life, health and work. The Benson area is known for its connection to the railroads and to mining. Also, behind the museum building is the Quilting Society building with quilts and handmade items for sale.
180 S. San Pedro, Benson, AZ
Call to see if they are open: 520-586-3070

Every Saturday there is a Farmers and Artisan Market held here from 8 AM to Noon.

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