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Interstate Commerce Commission: Bureau of Valuation Records

Identifier: WH2058

Scope and Contents

The collection contains an assortment of financial documents relating to the valuations of operational and design work done by, among others, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe; Denver and Rio Grande; and Denver and Salt Lake Railroads on their individual rail lines (1916-1946). There are additional papers that specifically address the installation designs and construction costs of the "Dotsero cut-off" located at Orestod, Colorado by the Denver and Salt Lake Railroad.


  • 1916-1946


Language of Materials

Material is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


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Biographical / Historical

Originally established on February 4, 1887, the Interstate Commerce Commission was as an independent agency created by the Interstate Commerce Act (24 Stat. 379). Through its various bureaus or divisions, the Commission regulated carriers, such as the railroads, who engaged in the transport of interstate commerce and in foreign commerce within the U.S.. Abolished under 109 Stat. 932 on December 29, 1995, the Commission has been succeeded by the Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation.

The Denver and Salt Lake Railroad Company was a non-operating company organized to own and construct a line of standard gauge single track main line. This was commonly called the Dotsero Cut-off. It included main line, other tracks, and railroad facilities for steam motive power operation. The line is 38.063 miles from Orestod, Colorado (Dotsero spelled backwards) to Dotsero, Colorado, following the Colorado River. Construction started on 11/11/1932 and was completed 09/30/1934. The original plans for the cut-off showed the starting point as “dot zero”, which became the name of the town, Dotsero.

The Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company controlled, owned, or operated a large number of small rail lines and spurs.


2 Boxes

1 oversize folios

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Harris County Archives, Houston, Texas, 2008


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

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