The People of the Station

The People of the Station (HM28FG)

Location: Denver, CO 80202 Denver County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 45.176', W 104° 59.988'

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and the Stories they Tell

—Voices from the Past —


"Union Station belongs to all of us."
Union Station neighbor, 2002


Rich or poor, famous or anonymous, everybody passed through Union Station from the time it opened in 1881. A trip to the station meant something new was about to happen: a visit with relatives or friends for the first or last time, an extended leave for military service, the start of a new life in Denver, or connection to a final destination.

The building was a hub of activity. Armies of conductors, switchmen, and engineers ran the trains with military-style proficiency. Keeping schedules, ensuring passenger safety, and maintaining personal safety around dangerous machinery made railroad jobs hazardous and demanding.
Hundreds more worked in the offices and the building even had its own emergency hospital, police force, jail, library and barber shop.

For decades after the decline of passenger rail travel in the 1950s, people came to eat and drink at Union Station's bars and restaurants, or marvel at the elaborate model train displays that traveled through intricate Colorado scenes.

People who spent their careers at Union Station never lost faith in its resurgence. One employee who worked here for 46 years summed it up best: "Railroads always will be the backbone of the nation." Even



though many of the early railroad traditions have vanished, a whole new era began in 2014 with the revival of Union Station in the center of a downtown transformation.
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HM NumberHM28FG
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Date Added Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 at 4:03pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)13S E 500017 N 4400335
Decimal Degrees39.75293333, -104.99980000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 45.176', W 104° 59.988'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 45' 10.56" N, 104° 59' 59.28" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)303, 720
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1701 Wynkoop St, Denver CO 80202, US
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