Railway employee records for Colorado : Volume III
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1 RAILWAY EMPLOYEE RECORDS FOR COLORADO VOLUME III By Gerald E. Sherard (2005) When Denver’s Union Station opened in 1881, it saw 88 trains a day during its gold-rush peak. When passenger trains were a popular way to travel, Union Station regularly saw sixty to eighty daily arrivals and departures and as many as a million passengers a year. Many freight trains also passed through the area. In the early 1900s, there were 2.25 million railroad workers in America. After World War II the popularity and frequency of train travel began to wane. The first railroad line to be completed in Colorado was in 1871 and was the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad line between Denver and Colorado Springs. A question we often hear is: “My father used to work for the railroad. How can I get information on Him?” Most railroad historical societies have no records on employees. Most employment records are owned today by the surviving railroad companies and the Railroad Retirement Board. For example, most such records for the Union Pacific Railroad are in storage in Hutchinson, Kansas salt mines, off limits to all but the lawyers. The Union Pacific currently declines to help with former employee genealogy requests. However, if you are looking for railroad employee records for early Colorado railroads, you may have some success. The Colorado Railroad Museum Library currently has 11,368 employee personnel records. These Colorado employee records are primarily for the following railroads which are not longer operating. Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad (AT&SF) Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad employee records of employment are recorded in a bound ledger book (record number 736) and box numbers 766 and 1287 for the years 1883 through 1939 for the joint line from Denver to Pueblo. Possible information recorded in the book is: name of employee, date of employment, location, job titles, reasons for job changes, weight, height, complexion, hair and eye color, birth date and place, and marital status. Colorado & Southern Railway Co. (C&S) The Colorado & Southern was Colorado’s state home-grown railroad. It was, in fact, known as “The Colorado Road”. Its pride and joys were the Texas Zephyr, flagship of the road’s passenger fleet and the fastest train between Denver and Dallas, and steam locomotive No. 900 which was one of the prettiest ever built.(1) The C&S came into existence in 1898 as the result of a merger of the narrow-gauge Denver, South Park & Pacific and the Colorado Central. It thrived until
|Call Number||G929.3788 S551raiL 2005|
|Title||Railway employee records for Colorado : Volume III|
|Creator(s)||Sherard, Gerald E. (Gerald Emerson), 1947-|
|Summary||Index of Colorado Railway Employee records for the: Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, Colorado & Southern Railway in Denver, Leadville & Gunnison Railway, Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad , Union Pacific Railway. Information includes name in employees, where and when born, for what company worked, and physical location of the files.|
|Physical Description||391 p.|
Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Company--Employees.
Colorado and Southern Railway--Employees.
Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad Company--Employees.
Denver, Leadville, and Gunnison Railway Company--Employees.
Union Pacific Railway Company--Employees.
|Filename||Railroad Employee Records.pdf|
|Digital origin||born digital|
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