Friday Feb 15 2008
Family of longtime resident featured in railroad book
By: Staff report
Aficionados of the Wild West and life in America's old railroad towns unite. A new book, Tucson was a Railroad Town, written by William D. Kalt III, comes to Roseville book stores this month with the family of a longtime area resident featured on a few of its pages. Bob Bushnell of Granite Bay, acknowledged that his grandfather, Robert Benzie, who was born in Scotland in 1862 and immigrated to California when he was 18 years old is mentioned in the 300-plus page book Bushnell said his grandfather located many of the water wells across Texas, New Mexico and Arizona and helped to establish the first water supply in Long Beach. He was a well-respected miner in Arizona until he was 80 years old and was known to ride the rails during the raids of Pancho Villa, according to Bushnell. Tucson was a Railroad Town, can be purchased at Railroad Hobbies at 119 Vernon St. and Borders in the Rocky Ridge Town Center on Douglas Boulevard.