Local Transit Through the Ages

Local Transit Through the Ages (HM28G5)

Location: Denver, CO 80202 Denver County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 45.137', W 105° 0.041'

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Look How Far We've Come

—1871-Present —

"Visitors to Denver will certainly find a great improvement because they will... step aboard any one of the different lines right at the door of Union Station."

The Denver Post, May 26, 1918
(opening day of the Denver Tramway Loop)

Local transit service to Union Station began with horse cars plodding up and down 17th Street. The first line, run by the Denver Horse Railway Company, was constructed in 1871.
It extended from 6th and Larimer into Five Points and Curtis Park, which were Denver's first streetcar suburbs. By 1900, electric streetcars operated by the Denver City Railway traveled to streetcar suburbs throughout the growing city.

In those early days, train tracks - used by the Union Pacific and Denver & Rio Grande railroads for long freight trains - ran down Wynkoop Street directly in front of Union Station. Imagine the frustration of passengers trying to make a connection when long trains blocked their way!

In 1918, the Denver Tramway Company constructed a loop to alleviate passenger delays and provide a turnabout for the streetcars. Look down at street level to the left and catch a glimpse of the old tramway loop. Covered by a parking lot in 1948, the loop was unearthed during the 2014 station renovation. Today, RTD's trains and buses follow

many of the same routes as the horse cars and streetcars before them.
HM NumberHM28G5
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Date Added Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 at 7:04pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)13S E 499941 N 4400263
Decimal Degrees39.75228333, -105.00068333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 45.137', W 105° 0.041'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 45' 8.22" N, 105° 0' 2.46" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)303, 720
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1605 Wynkoop St, Denver CO 80202, US
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