Denver in Denver County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
The People of the Station
and the Stories they Tell
— Voices from the Past —
Union Station neighbor, 2002
Rich or poor, famous or anonymous, everybody passed through Union Station from the time it opened in 1881. A trip to the station meant something new was about to happen: a visit with relatives or friends for the first or last time, an extended leave for military service, the start of a new life in Denver, or connection to a final destination.
The building was a hub of activity. Armies of conductors, switchmen, and engineers ran the trains with military-style proficiency. Keeping schedules, ensuring passenger safety, and maintaining personal safety around dangerous machinery made railroad jobs hazardous and demanding. Hundreds more worked in the offices and the building even had its own emergency hospital, police force, jail, library and barber shop.
For decades after the decline of passenger rail travel in the 1950s, people came to eat and drink at Union Station's bars and restaurants, or marvel at the elaborate model train displays that traveled through intricate Colorado scenes.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars.
Location. 39° 45.176′ N, 104° 59.988′ W. Marker is in Denver, Colorado, in Denver County. Marker is at the intersection of Wynkoop Street and 17th Street, on the right when traveling south on Wynkoop Street. Marker is located on the plaza, near the large flagpole, directly in front of the Denver Union Station main entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1701 Wynkoop Street, Denver CO 80202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Welcome to Union Station (here, next to this marker); Union Station Timeline (here, next to this marker); Union Station Area (a few steps from this marker); Union Station (a few steps from this marker); Denver City Railway Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Edward W. Wynkoop When the Depot Became a Station (about 300 feet away); Oxford Hotel and Annex (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Denver.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Denver Union Station
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1. Union Station Home to a Heartbreaking Wartime Love Story.
Union Station's reopening brought the transit station into a new era, but kept a lot of history as well. It's history that a World War II widow relived this weekend because it was the last place she ever saw her husband alive. The year was 1942 and Hank Marlowe and Dorothy Kolberg only had eyes for each other. (Submitted on June 11, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Denver Union Station.
By the 1920s and 1930s, over 80 trains served the station daily with notable dignitaries such as Queen Marie of Romania, Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt arriving to Denver through the station. The latter half of the 20th century saw a sharp decline in service for Union Station and countless other train stations in the United States as competition began to grow from automobiles and airlines. (Submitted on June 11, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 13, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 10, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 104 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 10, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.