Denver’s Union Station: Transportation Reimagined

October 27, 2015

Think train stations are over? Union Station will change your mind

America has long had affection for the passenger trains that once used to crisscross the country. They represented a mode of travel that was comfortable and elegant and at the same time harkens back to our pioneer days. Back then, the “iron horse” opened up the American west and gave adventurous men and women the opportunity for a fresh start in a new land.Website Insert Passenger Trains Very Well copy

For a time, our railroad heritage was in danger of disappearing. From the 1950s to the 1990s, Americans had had a love affair with new types of transportation – the car and plane. Railroad tracks were abandoned in favor of roads, highways, and airports, and railroad stations were either demolished or abandoned.

Over the past couple of decades, however, forward-thinking city planners have given their railroad stations new life, which, in turn, has brought increased economic prosperity to the surrounding communities. Nowhere is this more evident than in Denver’s newly-renovated Union Station, located in the heart of LoDo (Lower Downtown) – the city’s original birthplace.

In 1865, right after the end of the Civil War, train tracks were laid across the continental United States to connect the East and West Coasts. Competing companies vied to build lines outward to towns and cities nearby. Passenger stations sprang up in small and large towns alike.

The Daily Meal and Global Gumshoe have the full story by clicking here.

 

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