February 21, 2019

At the Heart of the City

Today this is one of the busiest intersections in the city of Boulder--Broadway and Canyon--in an image taken from 13th Street.
Not so long ago, it was known as 12th and Water Streets, home to the Boulder Train Yards and most importantly for many people, the Freight Depot of what the photographer identified as the Union Pacific Railroad.

Technically, the railroad was the Greeley, Salt Lake & Pacific. That name was a stand-in for the true operators of the line, but calling it the Union Pacific made it clear that Boulder had been placed on the national map. It was every business operator's dream come true--being a part of the transcontinental railroad.

The GSL&P never owned any of its own locomotives--it had a ready source in the also-U.P. controlled Colorado Central Railroad, from Golden to Blackhawk. But that's a story for another day.

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