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Denver Circle Railroad Company


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Intricately engraved antique stock certificate from the Denver Circle Railroad Company dating back to the 1880's. This document was printed by the Kendall Bank Note Company, and measures approximately 11 1/2" (w) by 8 1/4" (h).


The vignette on this piece shows a pair of trains - one entering Denver, the other leaving. The Rocky Mountains appear in the background.


Beautiful piece!


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Historical Context

William H. Loveland, Colorado pioneer and entrepreneur, started the Circle Railroad in 1881. This narrow-gauge, coal-fired, steam-powered railroad was known as “the rowdiest railroad of any kind in the Denver area.” Designed as a combination beltway railroad and a rapid transit, it was to encircle the metropolitan city. It never made it, but it certainly went through the Baker Neighborhood.

Its starting point was at City Hall on Larimer and what is now Speer. It ran along the bed of Cherry Creek to Colfax and then south along Inca Street to turn east at 3rd Avenue. From here, it went south along Cherokee to Bayaud. At Bayaud it veered east and west. Eastward, the Circle stopped at Broadway for the Broadway Depot at what is now Famous Pizza. Westward, the Circle went to repair facilities south of Bayaud between Fox and Galapago. It was later extended further across the Platte to the Valverde Neighborhood curving northward to 1st Avenue and then west to Federal. From the Broadway depot, it veered along Logan Street to Jewell west to the large Jewell Park for picnicking and the racehorse tracks. Today, you can play golf at what is now Overland Park. In 1886, the line was further extended to the new site for Denver University, the end of the line.

The average daily ridership was 1,500 people - and 4,000 on Sunday - operating on a two-hour train schedule.