“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Superior in Boulder County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)

The Denver-Boulder Turnpike

The Denver-Boulder Turnpike Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 20, 2015
1. The Denver-Boulder Turnpike Marker
Inscription. The Denver-Boulder highway near this marker stands as a memorial to those men of vision who brought it into existence.

Planning for such a highway began in 1927 by Professor Roderick L. Downing, whose University engineering students later surveyed the route it follows. Professor Downing pressed for construction of the highway over a period of more than 20 years. He also made many other contributions to good highway planning in Colorado.

Many others too numerous to mention worked to make the Turnpike a reality. The Highway Committee of the Boulder Chamber of Commerce began to advocate such a road in 1941. Following World War II, a Boulder-Denver direct route committee was formed. Its members overcame various obstructions and doubts about toll financing.

The $6.3 million in bonds were authorized in July 1950. The highway opened as the Denver-Boulder Turnpike in January 1952, the first highway of its kind in Colorado and before the Interstate Highways which resemble it. The bond indebtedness was repaid 13 years ahead of schedule, and the route opened as a free public highway in September 1967.

Attached to this monument is the cornerstone of the Broomfield tollbooth of the turnpike.
Location. 39° 58.026′ N, 105° 11.315′ 
The Denver-Boulder Turnpike Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 20, 2015
2. The Denver-Boulder Turnpike Marker - Wide View
W. Marker is in Superior, Colorado, in Boulder County. Marker is on U.S. 36 north of Colorado Route 170, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Louisville CO 80027, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mary Miller Historical Mural (approx. 5.2 miles away); At the Foot of The Slabs (approx. 5.5 miles away); Boulder County Courthouse Fountain (approx. 5.9 miles away); The Gettysburg Address (approx. 5.9 miles away); White-Davis Mercantile Building (approx. 6 miles away); The Holiday Drive-In Marquee 1953 (approx. 8 miles away); WFD Volunteers 1934 - 2000 (approx. 12.4 miles away); Ma Barker Gang (approx. 12.4 miles away).
More about this marker. The marker is on the right side of the road when heading towards Boulder, located at the Boulder Overlook on Davidson Mesa. There is an information kiosk - you can't miss it.
Also see . . .  Toll road to Denver opened 60 years ago. Daily Camera article (1/7/2012) on the opening of the turnpike. On the smooth ride delivered by the new stretch of concrete: "...To test the smoothness of the road, a glass of water was weighed and taped to the hood of a cruiser of the Colorado State Patrol. A trooper drove the length of the highway, and the water was weighed again. Reportedly, not a drop had spilled. (Submitted on August 24, 2015.) 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 238 times since then and 138 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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