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COLORADO MIDLAND RAILROAD
MSS 803
Colorado Historical Society
Denver
all rights reserved

May 1984

The Colorado Midland Railroad was incorporated in 1883 and built by John J. Hagerman. It was the first standard gauge railroad built over the Continental Divide in Colorado. It ran from Colorado Springs to Leadville and through the divide at Bush Tunnel to Aspen and Grand Junction. Later the line was extended eleven miles west of Grand Junction to New Castle. For a short time the railroad was consolidated with the Aspen Short Line (1893-1897) and with the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad owned by the Rio Grande Junction Railway. After the company was sold through the bankruptcy court on May 4, 1897, a new company known as the Colorado Midland Railway took over operation of the railroad. The Colorado Midland Railway, which came, first, under the control of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway, and later, of the Colorado & Southern Railway and the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, again declared bankruptcy April 21, 1917. The Colorado Midland Railway ceased operations in 1918. Segments of the road were then sold to the Midland Terminal Railroad; the balance of the line, mostly west of the Midland Terminal connection at Divide, was abandoned. The line was scrapped in the early 1920s.

 

INVENTORY

 

Box 1

 

 

FF 1

Minutes of Board of Directors

10/26/1897-11/15/1912

FF 2

Minutes of Board of Directors

05/31/1917-04/28/1922

FF 3

Inventory of property

02/28/1917

FF 4

Inventory of real estate owned

03/01/1908

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First mortgage

07/01/1897

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Financial statements

1908-1910

FF 7

Accounting Department Correspondence

1906

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Accounting Department Correspondence

1907

FF 9

Accounting Department Correspondence

1908

FF 10

Accounting Department Correspondence

1909

FF 11

Accounting Department Correspondence

01-06/1910

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Accounting Department Correspondence

07-12/1910

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Accounting Department Correspondence

1911

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Accounting Department Correspondence

1912

FF 15

 

Accounting Department Correspondence

1913

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Accounting Department Correspondence

1914

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Accounting Department Correspondence

1915-1918

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Accounting Department Correspondence

1919-1926

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Letter Press Copy of ICC Annual Report

1910

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ICC Annual Reports

1907, 1909, 1910, 1911,1916

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Valuation Department-ICC Valuation Map

06/07/1918

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Valuation Department-ICC letters of pre-inventory information

1913-1917 

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Valuation Department Correspondence

1915

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Valuation Department Correspondence

1916

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Valuation Department Correspondence

1917

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Valuation Department Correspondence

01-05/1918

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Valuation Department Correspondence

06-12/1918

Box 2

   

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Engineering Department Correspondence

12/1909-06/1910

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Engineering Department Correspondence

07/1910-12/1910

FF 29

Engineering Department Correspondence

1911

FF 30

Engineering Department Correspondence

01/1912-07/1912

FF 31

Engineering Department Correspondence

08/1912-12/1912

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Engineering Department Correspondence

1913

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Engineering Department Correspondence

1914

FF 34

Engineering Department Correspondence

1915

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Engineering Department Correspondence

1916

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Engineering Department Correspondence

01/1917-07/1917 

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Engineering Department Correspondence

08/1917-12/1917

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Engineering Department Correspondence

1918

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Engineering Department Correspondence

1920-1924

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Engineering Department Correspondence—Notes & data on pump and pumping stations

1915

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Bridge & Building Department—Depot and Eating House—Arkansas Junction

1900-1901 

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Bridge & Building Department—Depot—Aspen

1903-1904

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Bridge & Building Department—Relocation of Depot—Cardiff

1907

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Bridge & Building Department—Depot—Carbondale

1891-1906

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Bridge & Building Department—Depot—Leadville

1906

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Bridge & Building Department—Depot—Granite

1898, 1905

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Bridge & Building Department—Eating House—Minturn

 

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Bridge & Building Department—telegraph office and two cottages—Wild Horse

1902

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Bridge & Building Department—Correspondence—new depot & pavilion—Woodland Park

1903

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Bridge & Building Department—Requisitions—new depot & pavilion

1903

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Bridge & Building Department—stockyards—Basalt

07/1901

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Bridge & Building Department—stockyards—Carbondale

1908

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Bridge & Building Department—stockyards—Colorado City

190_?

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Bridge & Building Department—stockyards--Hartsel

1905, 1907

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Bridge & Building Department—stockyards—Snowmass

1905 

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Bridge & Building Department—stockyards—Spinney

 

FF 57

Bridge & Building Department—section house and bunk house—Carbondale

1902

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Bridge & Building Department—addition to ice house—Colorado City

1909

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Bridge & Building Department—remodeling storehouse—Colorado City

1902

 

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Bridge & Building Department—storehouse office—Colorado City

1904

 

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Bridge & Building Department—water pump and line—Aspen

1900 

FF 62

Bridge & Building Department—water line—Basalt

1903 

FF 63

Bridge & Building Department—water tank—Coal Branch

190_?

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Bridge & Building Department—correspondence—water well—Divide

02/1902-04/1903

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Bridge & Building Department—requisitions—water well—Divide

02/1902-04/1903

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Bridge & Building Department—dam—Sellar 

1905

FF 67

Bridge & Building Department—county wagon road bridge—Carbondale

1906 

FF 68

Bridge & Building Department—renewal bridge # 254—Wheeler

1900

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Mechanical Department Correspondence

1901-1910

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Mechanical Department Correspondence

07-08/1917

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Mechanical Department Correspondence

09-12/1917

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Mechanical Department Correspondence

01-03/1918

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Mechanical Department Correspondence

04-06/1918

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Mechanical Department Correspondence

07-12/1918

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Mechanical Department Correspondence

1919-1923

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Mechanical Department Equipment profile book

1909

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Mechanical Department Equipment record

 

FF 78

Mechanical Department - statement of equipment condition

1900, 1901, 1902, 1907, 1917

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Mechanical Department - description of passenger equipment

1900-1910

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Mechanical Department - drawing of private car #100

 

FF 81

Mechanical Department - correspondence
5 - new chair cars

1901 

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Mechanical Department - drawing & specification 5 - new chair cars

1901 

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Mechanical Department - correspondence
café cars

1902-1904 

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Mechanical Department - correspondence
café cars

1905 

FF 85

Mechanical Department - correspondence
café cars

1906 

Box 3

   

FF 86

Mechanical Department - blue prints & specifications - café cars

1905-1906

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Mechanical Department - correspondence,
drawing & specifications - baggage cars

1907

FF 88

Mechanical Department - specifications
60,000 # truck

1901 

FF 89

Mechanical Department - specifications
70,000 # truck
70,000 # coal car

 

FF 90

Mechanical Department - specifications
80,000 # truck

1901

FF 91

Mechanical Department - specifications
60, 000 # box car

1898 

FF 92

Mechanical Department - specifications
36 ft. 60,000 # stock car

1898 

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Mechanical Department - specifications
34 ft. 60,000 # box car with yoke, draw gear

1901 

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Mechanical Department - specifications
80,000 # coal car with yoke, draw gear

1901 

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Mechanical Department -miscellaneous freight car data

1901 

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Mechanical Department - correspondence
woodworking machinery

1906-1907 

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Mechanical Department - drawing & specifications - woodworking machinery 

1906-1907

FF 98

Mechanical Department - inventory of castings

circa 1909 

FF 99

Mechanical Department - correspondence
electrification of shop

06-10/1905 

FF 100

Mechanical Department - correspondence
electrification of shop

11-12/1905 

FF 101

Mechanical Department - correspondence
electrification of shop

1906-1907 

FF 102

Mechanical Department -manufacturers
electrification of shop

1905-1907 

FF 103

Mechanical Department -acetylene lighting

1906

FF 104

Operating Department
receivers circular

05/01/1895 

FF 105

Notes for plat of Green Mountain Falls

 

FF 106

Miscellaneous maps and profile charts

 

FF 107

Miscellaneous maps

1910-1918

FF 108

Engineers' roster

1918

FF 109

Official roster of officers, equipment & roadway
# 1

# 2

# 5

# 6


1902

1902

1903

1904

FF 110

Local passenger tariff # 6

06/29/1915

FF 111

Trip passes

1904, 1915

FF 112

Wage schedules 

1896, 1907, 1911

FF 113

Timetables

1887, 1896, 1901, 1902

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Timetables

1905

FF 115

Timetables

1906, 1907, 1908, 1909

FF 116

Timetables

1917

FF 117

Publications: "Colorado Midland Modelers"

01/1974-10/1976

FF 118

Dust Jack- "Colorado Midland" by Morris Cafky

1965 

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Poem: "The Old Engineers Farewell to Midland and his Engine"

 

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Memorandum on history of Colorado Midland by Mr. Suydam

 

FF 121

Address on Colorado Midland by Percy Hagerman

09/21/1943 

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Bulletin # 36 - "The Colorado Midland" by The Railway and Locomotive Historical Society - photocopy

02/1935

 

Publicity Department Material

 

FF 123

Bull's Eye of the Rockies

1907

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Cascade Canon

1888

FF 125

Scenes of Midland Railway

 

FF 126

Midland Premier

1892

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Cripple Creek, Great Gold Camp

 

FF 128

Mountain Resorts of Colorado

 

FF 129

Colorado Resources and Industries

 

FF 130

Colorado - What to See

 

FF 131

Excursion Rates and Side Trip Talks

 

FF 132

A Bird's Eye View of the Rockies

 

FF 133

California Travelities

1906

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Colorado Game Laws

1899

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Colorado, The Playground of the Republic

 

FF 136

Through "Hell Gate" in the Colorado Rockies

 

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Grand Mesa Lakes

 

FF 138

Facts about the Grand Valley of the Colorado

 

FF 139

Fur, Fin and Feathers

 

FF 140

Hills of Colorado

 

FF 141

Manitou Grand Caverns

 

FF 142

Panoramic Scenes Along the Midland

 

FF 143

A Swing Around Pike's Peak

1906

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Some Bits of Scenery along the Midland

 

FF 145

Recreation, Camping, Hunting & Fishing

 

FF 146

Through the Rockies

 

FF 147

Sights Worth Seeing and Points of Interest

1895

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Sights and Scenes on the Colorado Midland

 

FF 149

Wildflower excursions

 

FF 150

How to Reach the Uintah Indian Reservation

 

FF 151

In the Famous Ute Pass

 

Box 4

Train sheets (tube)

1911

Book 5

Surity bond ledger

1900-1904

Book 6

Surity bond ledger

1904-1908

Book 7

Surity bond ledger

1909-1911

Book 8

Record of wrecks

12/15/1912-05/31/1917

Book 9

Record of wrecks

06/01/1917-08/07/1918

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