Colorado State Capitol Virtual Tour
Arriving in Denver in 1860 to create a book and stationary store, Moffat died in 1911 with claims to over one hundred Colorado mines and nine railroads. Even though one of these railroads, the Denver Northwestern and Pacific line, only reached to Steamboat Springs at the time of Moffat's death, the development of the 6.3 mile long Moffat Tunnel through the Continental Divide soon after allowed important intercontinental railroad traffic to go over the daunting Rocky Mountains. Moffat's work with the transportation industry helped to make Denver the railroad hub for the West, and as such established Colorado as a nationally important commercial and industrial center.
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