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Denver, South Park & Pacific Railroad – Denver to Morrison Line


Address200 Bear Creek Ave., Morrison, 80465
QuadMorrison, 1965, (1980)
SectionS35, T4S, R70W
Elevation5750
SourceHorton & Crain, "Morrison Memory Album"; Rocky Mountain Railroad Club, "Pictorial Supplement to Denver South Park & Pacific".
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SeealsoMorrison
Initialdate1992-08-11 00:00:00-06
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Latestdate2012-11-28 00:00:00-07
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HistoryAs early as 1868 a route had been made which covered part of the line's subsequent construction. The survey envisioned a railroad extending from Denver to Santa Fe, New Mexico, through South Park along the Arkansas River for a short stretch and then to the mining districts in the San Juans in southwestern Colorado, and from that corner of the State to the Pacific Ocean. In April 1874 actual laying of the rails began and by late June the line was completed to Morrison and two locomotives began regular service. The principle freight hauled out of Morrison consisted of stone, lumber and a little coal. By 1875 there were two regular passenger trains each way between Denver and Morrison. Among the founders of this enterprise where Governor John Evans, who was the railroad's first president; Joseph Bates, Jerome Chaffee, W.S. Cheesman, Frederick A. Clark, Henry Crow, Leonard H. Eicholtz, S.H. Elbert, Bela M. Hughs, George W. Kassler, Charles B. Kountze, David H. Moffat, and F.Z. Saloman.
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