Images of Rail Rails Around Denver By Allan C. Lewis Soft Cover D&RG C&S CB&Q SF
Images of Rail Rails Around Denver By Allan C. Lewis Soft Cover D&RG C&S CB&Q SF
Images of Rail Rails Around Denver By Allan C. Lewis Soft Cover D&RG C&S CB&Q SF

Images of Rail Rails Around Denver By Allan C. Lewis Soft Cover D&RG C&S CB&Q SF

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Images of Rail Rails Around Denver By Allan C. Lewis Soft Cover D&RG C&S CB&Q SF
Images of Rail Rails Around Denver By Allan C. Lewis
Softcover 127 pages

  • 1..Early Railroads of Denver
  • 2..Denver and Rio Grande
  • 3..Colorado and Southern
  • 4..Union Pacific
  • 5..Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy
  • 6..Denver Union Terminal
  • 7..The Moffat Road
  • 8..Santa Fe
  • 9..Denver Railroads in the Diesel Era

For over 130 years, Denver has been the transportation hub for the state of Colorado and for much of the Rocky Mountain region. During the territorial days of Colorado, the Union Pacific Railway, in its bid to connect a growing California with the eastern United States, bypassed the city of Denver in favor of Cheyenne, Wyoming. Undaunted in this loss, Denverites endeavored to persevere, attracting other railroads like the Denver Pacific, the Kansas Pacific, the homegrown Denver and Rio Grande, and Colorado Central Railroads.
Throughout the 1880s and 1890s, railroads would continue to build from the east and gravitate toward Denver and emanated from Denver itself. The Denver and New Orleans; Burlington and Missouri River; Union Pacific, Denver, and Gulf; Denver, Leadville, and Gunnison; and the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe would all serve Denver. Likewise roads like the Rock Island, Colorado Midland, and the Missouri Pacific would access the Mile High City through trackage rights with other carriers. This was also the time of local short lines that connected Colorado's capitol with budding communities in the foothills.
These railroads spanned the parameters of time and technology. From the diminutive steam engines of the post-Civil War era to record-breaking passenger runs to Chicago and other eastern destinations, Denver's iron horses served its people well. The annealing of commerce and technology saw quantum leaps in the transportational development of the West. Steam locomotives became larger, more powerful, and faster, and with these developments came more favorable transit times, more economical freight rates, and the ability of passengers to travel coast to coast in comfort.
By the dawn of the 20th century, a now heavily industrialized Denver was Colorado's premier transportation center and greatly benefited from its relationship with its many railroads. The narrow-gauge lines of the Colorado and Southern brought mineral-rich ores to local smelters by the carload and returned to the mountains with tourists, businessmen, and the staples of life that fueled the mining town economies of the Clear Creek and South Park Districts. Adding to this industrialization, the area around Denver began to cultivate a reputation for being one of the West's most popular vacation spots. The fishing holes of the South Platte River became legendary, and the therapeutic benefits of a dry climate with clean mountain air spawned many resorts, spas, and sanatoriums. For passengers visiting Denver, there were plenty of sights and attractions and plenty of railroads to accommodate them.
Denver's railroads mirrored life in Colorado and around the country. They tamed the West, saw gold boom, silver crash, and ushered in a new era of personal wealth, regional growth, and national prominence. Twice they spurred the country to world war, loosened the purse strings during the good times, and displayed their more frugal side during the bad. Carrying troops, tramps, tourists, and tons of merchandise, Denver and its rail lines rode the tide of commerce. From the advent of the automobile, through the Great Depression, to the Fabulous Fifties; the Space Age, and beyond, Denver's steel roads were the harbingers of change.
During the 1930s and 1940s, travel by rail became an experience, and trains like the Denver Zephyr, the Texas Zephyr, the City of Denver, the Colorado Eagle, and the Scenic Limited were indicative of comfort and luxury, all captured in advertised scenes of stylish accommodations, smiling children, and relaxing parents. However, Denver's love affair with its railroads would eventually give way to the family car. The postwar economic boom of the 1950s saw a marked increase in truck and commercial airline traffic. The throngs of people who once crowded the platforms and waiting rooms of the Denver Union Terminal slowly began to wane.

The Images of Rail series celebrates the history of rail, trolley, streetcar, and subway transportation across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the people, places, and events that helped revolutionize transportation and commerce in 19th- and 20th-century America. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.

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