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When the Railroads Arrived in Glenwood Springs

 
 
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By Mark Hilton, July 7, 2018
1. When the Railroads Arrived in Glenwood Springs Marker
Inscription. The Roaring Fork Valley's coal fields sparked a war of expansion between two railroads: the Denver and the Rio Grande Railroad and the Colorado Midland Railroad. In 1886 the Colorado Midland proposed building a line to Aspen.

Knowing that its economic survival depended upon the profits generated by mining, the Denver and Rio Grande could not pass on building a line to Aspen. The race to the Roaring Fork Valley was on.

The Denver and Rio Grande chose to expand its line from Red Cliff, westward through Glenwood Canyon, to Glenwood Springs. On October 5, 1887, townspeople turned out in droves to watch crews drive the last spike into the connecting rails.

From Leadville and down the Frying Pan and Roaring Fork rivers, the tracks of the Colorado Midland Railway reached Glenwood Springs December 9, 1887.

The Social changes brought by the railroads were dramatic. Stage coach lines became obsolete almost overnight. The telegraph lines that came with the railroads provided faster communication to the rest of the country.

In the end, the Denver and Rio Grande outlasted the Colorado Midland. However, their race for railway supremacy forever transformed the community.

The introduction of so powerful an agent as steam to a carriage on
When the Railroads Arrived in Glenwood Springs Marker is second from left. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 7, 2018
2. When the Railroads Arrived in Glenwood Springs Marker is second from left.
wheels will make a great change in the situation of man.
Thomas Jefferson, 1802

Photo captions:
Top left: The first Denver and Rio Grande train arrived in Glenwood Springs with much celebration.
Bottom left: The original D&RG train depot at 7th and Pitkin.

 
Erected 2012 by Frontier Historical Society.
 
Location. 39° 32.795′ N, 107° 19.456′ W. Marker is in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, in Garfield County. Marker is on 8th Street east of Grand Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located on the side of the Glenwood Chamber Visitor Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 802 Grand Avenue, Glenwood Springs CO 81601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Water for Glenwood Springs (here, next to this marker); And Devereux Said Unto Glenwood, "Let There Be Light" (a few steps from this marker); When Snow Slides Closed the Canyon (a few steps from this marker); Immigrants Found Future in Colorado (a few steps from this marker); CCC Men Built Improvements for Glenwood (a few steps from this marker); Healthy Atmosphere Rehabilitated Soldiers (within shouting distance of this marker); "The First National Bank Building" (within shouting distance of this marker); David Delaplane, Father of Colorado Mountain College (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glenwood Springs.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 27, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 21, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 21, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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