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Colorado Springs Prospector (Newspaper) - July 1, 1981, Colorado Springs, Colorado Property Chi Penrose Public Lur a local history a. Historical highlights from Early Day newspapers vol. 12, no. 7 Colorado territory Price four bits 50 slav photo Courtesy Denver Public Library Western history department. The Denver Union depot the new Denver Union depot formally opened on july 25,1881, although some trains had used it on a limited basis since May. It was the largest building in Colorado and May Well have been the largest bundling West of the Mississippi River. Depot t o include offices aug. 13, 1871 a Union depot building for the accommodation of the Kansas Pacific amp Denver a civic luaus is in it constructed on Waznee Between m amp n streets. It will be 30 x 80 feet two stories of Brick to contain offices above baggage amp sitting rooms Telegraph and ticket offices on the ground floor. Estimated Cost is $10,000. The Rocky Mountain news. Prospectors note this was one of several Small stations that were built by the individual railroads before they combined their efforts and constructed Union station. Feb. 8, 1874 it is not upon the whole an indication of friendliness for a Man to shove a pistol into another a face especially if he adds to the rude insult the injury of demanding his Money. An episode of this nature happened at the Union depot about five of clock last evening. The Rocky Mountain is now available jul. 3, 1881 the Barkalow Brothers Are Well known All Over the Western country As owning the Western train privileges. That is they Supply the trains with fruit books and All that makes travel pleasant upon the Western lines. This enterprising firm has been known for years in this business but now they have made a new departure. They have taken All of the privileges of the new depot and under the management of or Sam Hall Are running them to perfection. There is a magnificent dining Hall which is run to perfection. All of the appointments Are excellent and the cuisine is satisfactory in All respects. The arrangement of the Kitchen stewards pastry Cooke a and other rooms Are faultless and show an unusual consideration for the stomachs of the people who Are fortunate enough to be compelled to take their meals at the depot. The dining room is Only one part of the excellent arrangements the Brothers Braklow have made. The Kitchen store rooms and All appointments Are the nicest cleanest and Best that have Ever been seen in this state. All of the privileges of the depot Are contracted for by Barkalow Brothers and the High reputation of the firm is a sufficient guarantee that they will be managed efficiently and for the Best interests of the travelling Public. The Rocky Mountain completed \ Rev a o i re it it v o i of pavements Are being talked of at the Union depot. The new paving in front of the institution has already been described. Work upon it has been commenced and the old wooden approach will soon give Way to one of substantial Stone. It is understood that two new tracks Are to be Laid inside the depot grounds which will greatly facilitate the movements of trains. A very important addition is contemplated in the construction of a fencing with Gates in the depot after the same pattern As those in Vogue in Many Eastern cities. The object is to keep Idle intruders from the platform on the arrival and departure of trains. No one not having tickets will be permitted to approach an out bound train and upon arrival of trains passengers will be enabled to leave the depot without running the Gauntlet of a crowd of gaping curiosity seekers for no one excepting by special permit will be allowed inside. One other great and very desirable improvement said to be under consideration is the erection of Sheds Over the tracks. It has Long been wondered at that some sort of shelter has not been provided Over the platform but it has been impracticable owing to the Peculiar construction of the building. The placing of Sheds Over the tracks will however be a great Success. The Denver times. Mar. 29, 1901 in another week the alterations and renovation of the Union depot will be completed after about two months of work by a Large Force of men. One of the most important changes and most needed is the Complete overhauling of the sanitary conveniences of the building. The lavatories now have handsome Marble fixtures with Nickel trimmings new was bowls and in fact the whole Interior of the lavatories have been done Over. The Denver times. Photo Courtesy Denver Public Library Western history department. One horse Power on the Cobblestone streets adjacent to the depot s Park express companies picked up packages for delivery to Denver residents. The Globe express company a Wagon is in the lower left hand Corner. Too years old Denver Union station Duck Pond now depot jul. 17, 1915 in the real estate annals of the West nothing is More remarkable than the Story of the site of Denver a Union depot. Not anything in the startling tales of Kansas Boom Days excels in interest the Rise in value of the Cottonwood Grove on the Platte where the pioneers used to fish and swim and Hunt ducks in the 70s. Ten acres of this tract were grudgingly accepted As Security on a loan of $1,500 by the officers of the first building and loan association organized in Denver. Today this none Rev is valued at $4.50 a Square foot. The property included in the Transfer to the present Union terminal company was at first valued by the examining engineers at something like $5.25 a Square foot but a Compromise was effected at $4.50, making a total valuation of $2,548,137.03. Bonds to the amount of $4,000,000 were issued to cover this Purchase and to construct the Union depot which is now underway and which will be one of the handsomest and most commodious stations in the country. William f. Hynes one of Denver a Pioneer lawyers and judges told of a Little experience of his with the Cottonwood Grove which could have been his for the proverbial song. Nearly turned loan Down a we organized in the �?T70s the first building and loan association formed in Denver said or. Hynes. A the late Louis Anfenger . Mullen and myself were officers. Our association worked beautifully perhaps because we were More than careful about Security. As an instance of our caution. We were dubious to the utmost degree when a Young Man came in and pleaded hard for a loan of $1,500. Offering As Security the despised Cottonwood Grove amounting to ten acres now the site of the Denver Union depot. There was a consultation and we were almost of one mind to turn the Young Man Down. He pleaded that the property would be valuable some Day. We admitted that perhaps it might when our children a grandchildren were grown but we ventured the opinion that we could not wait so Long and would prefer Security which would show some Promise of becoming valuable before such a lapse of time. But the Young Man talked us into it. A the got his loan and we got the Cottonwood Grove As Security. He went West and flunked on his payments and we found ourselves with a fishing and swimming Hole on our hands. But behold in a few years there came an emissary of the Union Pacific Railroad and offered us a sum for the Cottonwood Grove which fairly took our breath away. We demurred for form s Sake Tho we were afraid our delay might lose us our Golden Opportunity. We got enough out of the Sale to pay ten per cent on All our Stock Tho of course it was nothing when measured by the present value of the Early terminal companies the first organization in charge of the present Railroad terminal was known As the Denver Union depot and Railroad company which was organized sept. 30,1879. The company was incorporated for $30,000, by Walter s. Cheesman Sti h Clark Sylvester t Smith and Bela m. Hughes. In november of the same year it was reincorporated As the Denver Union depot company for $400,000, the incorporator being messes. Cheeseman and Hughes and . Welborn . Dodge and . Egbert this company continued in existence Many years. May 13, 1881. William b. Trufant generally known As Commodore was elected superintendent. The Union depot and railway company was organized november 17, 1899, the incorporator being Edward Dickinson. Everett Buckingham w a. Deuel Elmer Whitted and Elroy n. Clark. This company took Over All the rights of the former company. The Union Pacific Denver amp Rio Grande and Colorado amp Southern were the owners of the Stock. The Union Pacific controlled 60 per cent of the Stock and had three of the five directors. At that time Frank Trumbull and . Jeffery were added to the Board. Present company organized the Denver Union terminal railway company As it is known now. Was organized aug. 17, 1912 and began operations april i 1914. This company is capitalized at $30,000. Each of six roads owning 5.000 shares each. The office of manager was created the position of superintendent being abolished. Of the $4,000,000 in Bonds issued for the Purchase of the property $1,500,000 was for improvements and this amount will be spent in completing the new Union station raising the tracks and improving the property generally. The building will be ready sept. I. Next. And the tracks and ground by the Middle of december. The work of construction and improvement has progressed steadily without interfering with traffic since the first of july Pullman records show that More coaches have been handled daily thru Denver than during any one Day of the Knight Templar convention consequently the difficulties of carrying on such a great work of reconstruction without interfering with such an augmented Stream of travel Are something enormous. The Denver times

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