DENVER, NORTHWESTERN AND PACIFIC RAILWAY COMPANY RECORDS
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
The Denver, Northwestern and Pacific Railway Company Records include a minute book for the years 1902 and 1903 that contains the articles of incorporation and contract for construction of the railroad. Statements regarding operating expenses, telegrams from W.M. Edgar about weather conditions and track clearance, and two General Manager’s telegram copy books detailing weather conditions, repairs, delays, derailments, injuries and deaths during the years 1904 to 1908 are also included in the collection.
Collection also available on microfilm: Mflm134.
The collection is open for research.
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The Denver, Northwestern and Pacific Railway Company incorporated in July 1902. The incorporators were David H. Moffat, Walter S. Cheesman, William G. Evans, Charles J. Hughes, Jr., George E. Ross-Lewin, Samuel M. Perry and Frank B. Gibson.
David H. Moffat, in cooperation with John Evans and others built the Denver Pacific; Denver, South Park and Pacific; and the Florence and Cripple Creek railroads. From 1887 to 1891 Moffat served as president of the Denver and Rio Grande. Moffat wanted to put Denver on a direct transcontinental route, build a railroad through the mountains from Denver to Salt Lake City and develop the northwestern portion of Colorado. David Moffat ultimately poured all of his fortune into the Denver, Northwestern and Pacific, which began at Utah Junction, three miles north of the Union Depot in Denver. By 1905, the line climbed the east face of the Rocky Mountains and crossed Rollins Pass to the Western Slope.
“From the time of its inception in 1902, the railroad never made any money. The cost of keeping the line over Rollins Pass open in the winter offset any profit the railroad might have made in the summer months. Even the hundreds of carloads of coal could not bring the railroad out of the red.” -- Denver and Salt Lake Railroad Company Records
On May 1, 1912, the Denver, Northwestern and Pacific Railway Company went into receivership with David C. Dodge and Samuel M. Perry as receivers. Due to foreclosure the company was sold to Denver and Salt Lake Railroad Company on May 1, 1913.
David H. Moffat died in 1911 without seeing the completion of his project. Two years later, his railroad, reorganized as the Denver and Salt Lake, reached the end of the line at Craig, Colorado, far short of the company’s goal. When the building of the Moffat Tunnel through the Continental Divide was completed in 1928 and the Dotsero Cutoff opened in June 1934, Moffat’s dream materialized.
1 Boxes (.5 linear feet)
1 microfilm reels (35mm) (Mflm134)
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Edward T. Bollinger donated the general manager‘s telegram copy books and seven loose telegrams on March 12, 1975. The source of the record of minutes, statements of operation is unknown. Railroad collections processed with funding provided by Marilyn Hodges Wilmerding in memory of William Van Derveer Hodges and William Van Derveer Hodges, Jr.
Photographs of the Denver, Northwestern and Pacific Railway can be accessed through the Denver Public Library's Western History Photography Collection website (http://photoswest.org).
Number of Boxes: 1
Microfilm: 1 reel (Mflm134)
Jo Anne Lee
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