Strasburg, Colorado: Transcontinental Railroad Rival Site

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Lyons Park

Address:
1409 Railroad St., Strasburg, CO
Directions:
MONUMENT: Lyons Park. I-70 exit 310. Drive north to the stop sign. Turn right onto CO-36/Colfax Ave. Drive one block. Turn right onto Arapahoe St. Drive one block. The street ends at Lyons Park; you'll see the brown monument straight ahead, back by the train tracks. SIGN: Drive back to Colfax Ave. Turn left, then drive one-third of a mile. Turn left when you see the brown Museum sign at 56060 E. Colfax Ave. The Transcontinental Railroad sign is set back from the road, in front of the old train depot. The museum is open July-Aug.
Phone:
303-622-4322
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Depot museum.

Transcontinental Railroad Rival Site
A monument and sign proclaim that this unheralded spot is where the Transcontinental Railroad REALLY linked up. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [05/05/2019]

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Museum depot.

Where the Transcontinental Railroad Actually Met

It's been 7 years since we stopped here and little has changed. It is still very interesting to see all the old buildings and equipment. It is also a delightful place to stop and enjoy a picnic under the giant spruce.

[Drumbabe, 07/14/2016]

First Transcontinental Railroad.

Where The Transcontinental Railroad Actually Met

Strasburg has for years used a big sign to announce that it was the linkage spot for the first continuous road of rails between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, on August 15, 1870. But the sign was made of wood, and had stood outdoors in Colorado weather since 1970, and was about to collapse. Rather than suffer that indignity, Strasburg took down the wood sign and replaced it with a new, more durable sign made of metal. Unlike its predecessor, this one boldly proclaims, "First Transcontinental Railroad." The new sign also stands in a new location, in front of Strasburg's railway depot, which is part of the Comanche Crossing Historical Society Museum complex.

Transcontinental pilgrims, unfortunately, can't visit the actual linkage spot, but the small cement pillar that marked the spot currently stands in Lions Park (corner of Arapahoe St. and Railroad Ave., the site of the old sign). The town expects to eventually move the pillar to be near the flashy new metal sign.

[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 08/04/2011]

Where the railroad met.

Where the Transcontinental Railroad Actually Met

Visited the site on Saturday and took a few photos.

[Bobufarr, 07/10/2009]

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