Moffat Road

Address: Sheridan Blvd. to Moffat Tunnel

David Halliday Moffat, Jr., an empire builder, lived in a portion of the Nelson/Smith home, at 6440 West 60th Avenue while planning a new railroad in 1903 which became known as the Moffat Road. This railroad was the first to master the Continental Divide. Although the railroad did not get past Craig, Colorado, it did dig the 6.2 mile Moffat Tunnel under the Continental Divide. When completed in 1928, this tunnel was the longest in the United States.
Quad Map/Date: Arvada, 1959 (1965); Eldorado Springs, 1965 (1971)
Sec/Town/Range: S12, T3S, R69W; S1, T2S, R71W
Elevation: 5300-6870
Source: Noel, Mahoney, and Stevens, "Historical Atlas of Colorado," 2. 29; "Jefferson County Map series (Topographic) Sheet 1, 1976; Arvada Historical society, "Arvada Just Between You and Me," pp. 14, 34; Interview, Leonard Smith, 1880, grandson of Albert Nelson.
See Also: Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad
Last Modified: Wed, June 17 1998

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