This is an early beta version that’s still a work in progress. We hope to develop and refine the contents going forward. In the meantime, we’re making it fully available to the public as-is. Started by the Jefferson County Historical Commission in the 1990s, it was transferred to the Golden History Museum-City of Golden in 2020.

Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad


AddressSheridan Blvd. to Moffat Tunnel
QuadArvada, 1950; Eldorado Springs, 1965 (1971)
SectionS12, T2S, R69W; S1, T2S, R71W
Elevation5300-6870
SourceNoel, Mahoney, and Stevens, "Historical Atlas of Colorado," p.29; "Jefferson County Map Series (Topographic)" Sheet-1; Arvada Historical Society, "Arvada Just Between You and Me," pp. 14, 34; Interview, Leonard Smith, 1880, Grandson of Albert Nelson; Wilkins, "Colorado Railroads," p. 229
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SeealsoMoffat Tunnel
Initialdate1997-10-25 00:00:00-06
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Latestdate2012-11-28 00:00:00-07
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HistoryOne of Colorado's outstanding railroads, the Denver and Rio Grande Western, absorbed the Denver and Salt Lake Western in 1934. The distance between Denver and Salt Lake City was shortened by 175 miles and put Arvada on a Trans-Continental mainline. By April 24, 1983, the last privately operated long distance passenger train, joined the government subsidized Amtrak agency.
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