The Colorado railroad map is the best way to explain the expanse of the rail system in early Colorado. From the mid 1800's, railroads were slow to enter Colorado.
But with the gold rush and westward migration, many eastern railroad companies jumped on the band wagon and clamored to build in Colorado.
All told, according to the railroad map, 19 rail lines were running in the state into the 20th century.
I've split the map in two parts, to enable quick loading of the information.
The eastern part of the state comprises the plains and foothills.
The western area, are routes into the Colorado Rocky Mountains and further west into Utah.
As you can see from the eastern part of Colorado, many rail lines came from Kansas and Nebraska.
The guide below the maps show the corresponding railroads, by number and alphabetically, to those of the Colorado map.
Eastern Colorado Railroad Map
Central and Western Railroad Map
Below is the railroad guide to show which lines ran in the eastern and central/western parts of the state.
4 - Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe
11 - Burlington Northern Railway
21 - Colorado Railroad Museum
15 - Coors Railroad
9 - Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad
8 - Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
14 - Denver & Rio Grande Western
1 - Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
23 - Georgetown Loop Railroad
13 - Great Western Railroad
19 - Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad
24 - Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railway
3 - Moffat Tunnel
7 - Rio Grande Southern
26 - Royal Gorge Railway
6 - San Luis Central Railroad
18 - Tiny Town Railroad
25 - Union Pacific Railroad
The maps and railroad guide are courtesy of the Colorado Railroad Museum. You can see what an important part Colorado played in the expansion of the railroads to the Pacific.
Not only did they help settle the state by bringing in supplies and taking out gold and other minerals, but the railroads brought in travelers from the east looking to make their fortune or be part of the westward expansion of our country.
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