Railroads of Colorado (Amberley)

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In 1876 the state of Colorado was formed from the Colorado Territory. The capital, Denver, originally Denver City, was a frontier town founded with the arrival of the gold prospectors, its accessibility making it ideal as a supply point. When the first transcontinental railroad was constructed from Omaha to San Francisco Bay and passed through Cheyenne, 100 miles away, Denver City’s thriving economy was threatened and the business leaders elected to build a railroad, the Denver Pacific, to connect Denver City with Cheyenne. The legacy of this period is a series of railroads running through scenic routes such as the Rio Grande, Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad and freight routes such as the Union Pacific Railroad.

The author, Mike Danneman, has put together a stunning selection of colour photographs which he took from 1984, up to the final photograph showing the Denver Union station on the night of 8 February 2019. An introduction to the history and progress of Colorado’s railroads is accompanied by a map showing their locations. Captions accompany all the photographs. 96 pages.

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