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pen and ink drawing showing a narrow gauge engine with coal tender & freight cars
Colorado Central Railroad in its headquarters town of Golden - Denver Public Library Collection - Click to enlarge

145 Years Ago

The July 9, 1879 Colorado Transcript included an advertisement for the Colorado Central Railroad, which was approaching its 9th anniversary of operation. The CCRR offered three trains each way between Golden & Denver.

Colorado Central freight yard - Dan Abbott Collection

They also went from Golden through Clear Creek Canyon, offering transportation to Black Hawk, Central City, Idaho Springs, and Georgetown.

Colorado Central Train in Clear Creek Canyon

At that time, they also had northbound trains which carried Golden-ites to Boulder, Longmont, Fort Collins, and Cheyenne. From Cheyenne, they could go anywhere, east or west, on the transcontinental railroad!