My Present Past
A genealogical experience
The Moffat Road
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By September 1904, the tracks were laid to the crest of the Continental Divide, topping out at Corona, the
Crown of the Mountain. From 11,660 feet, they looked west into the vast expanse of the Grand Valley and the
job ahead of them next spring. Eleven miles below, down a winding 4 percent grade, Arrow was coming to life in
the grime and sweat of an existence where the most powerful tools were dynamite and a mule.

And so it was in that August of 1904 when the town of Arrowhead was preparing for the arrival of the
Denver Northwestern and Pacific railroad. Arrowhead was named for the topographical view of the railroad
wye, a turnaround junction just above it on Ranch Creek but the locals just called it Arrow. It was the busiest
town in Grand County, burning brightly through the following decade.

The railroad tracks that were laid through Arrow eventually carried away Arrow’s reason for existence when
the Denver Northwestern & Pacific railroad moved the train supply station to Tabernash.
The log cabin depot at Arrow, Colorado in 1911
Main street of Arrow, Colorado in 1911
The Elk Saloon on the left was the last remaining structure in Arrow that was burned to the ground in 1927
I would like to thank Tina Wilson at Firebird DesignWorks and
all of the people at
Grand County Living Magazine for using the
above photo in their Winter 2010-11 article about
Arrow, Colorado.
To view this article click on the magazine cover on the right

John Newmand and
W. H. "Bill" Wood selected the site in 1903 which would
become the town of Arrow.

The town of Arrow also sported modern amenities such as street lights
powered by white gas or kerosene.

Background:
Looking above the passenger car at Tolland in 1911
Grand County Living Magazine also featured an article on
Gore Canyon which was in their 2010 Summer edition.

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here to view the article
Gore Canyon was essential for David Moffat and the Denver Northwestern & Pacific railroad to complete their
railroad line. In the spring of 1905, the tracks were completed all the way to Fraser. From there, the tracks
went through Tabernash, Granby, Byers Canyon, and eventually to Gore Canyon. The town of Kremmling was
finally reached in July of 1906. Next was Hot Sulphur Springs. The tracks did not reach Steamboat Springs,
Colorado until the winter of 1909. There were many obstacles to overcome, one from the Union Pacific railroad
which realized a direct threat of a railroad that connected a through line to Salt Lake City, Utah. The second
was the New Century Power Company (NCPC) and the Hydro-Electric Power Plant Company. These companies
were making surveys of Gore Canyon, buying up land around Kremmling, and filing like mad men for reservoir
sites right in the chosen pathway for the railroad.

Finally it was President Teddy Roosevelt’s own investigation into the matter proving it was Moffat who had the
rights-of-way up the Gore Canyon.
Left:
Denver Northwestern & Pacific #113 chugs
through Gore Canyon in 1913

Below:
View from the rear of the train after it passes
over the trestle.
Photos courtesy of George D. Engel
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