Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad with a decidedly Colorado twist.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday June 7-9, 2019

The top scholars in railroad history explore the struggles undertaken to build one continuous line of track from coast to coast and the resulting impact this had on our nation’s settlement and economy.

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Reservations required by Friday, May 31, 2019.


Friday June 7

Opening Remarks from the Colorado Railroad Museum Executive Director Donald Tallman.
Journey to Promontory
Watch the documentary film Journey To Promontory by Richard Luckin. Stay for remarks from the filmmaker after the screening.

Saturday June 8

9:00AM with Elizabeth Nosek.
Opening Remarks
9:15AM with Donald Tallman.
An Overview of America and its Need for a Transcontinental Railroad
9:30AM with David Bain.
Morning Break
The Rail Splitter and the Railroad: Lincoln, Politics, and Disruptive Technology
10:45AM with Peter A. Hansen.
Union Pacific Story
11:30AM with James Ehernberger.
The Central Pacific Story
1:00PM with Kyle Wyatt.
Hell on Wheels
1:45PM with Dick Kreck.
The Colorado Connection
2:30PM with Al Dunton on the Kansas Pacific and the Denver Pacific Railroads.
Putting it all together
3:15PM with Jim Wrinn.
Closing & Thank You
4:00PM with Donald Tallman.

Sunday June 9

Day at the Colorado Railroad Museum
Join us for a day of programming at the Colorado Railroad Museum especially for symposium participants!
The Colorado Railroad Museum opens at 9:00AM and symposium visitors are encouraged to explore unique programs that include:
• Roundhouse tours including Turntable
• A William Henry Jackson Photography Exhibit
• Highlights from the Museum collection
• Open rail cars
*A coffee bar will be available on-site for this event.

Book Your Tickets Now

$75 members
$85 non-members

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Your registration fee includes:
– Friday Evening Reception & presentation of the new documentary, Journey To Promontory.
– Saturday presentations & lunch.
– Sunday’s “Day at the Museum” special activities.
– Admission to the Colorado Railroad Museum on June 8 & 9, 2019.
Space is limited, register by Friday May 24, 2019.

Featured Presenters

Al Dunton Fort Collins, CO; historian.
James Ehernberger Cheyenne, WY; historian, photographer, regular contributor to Streamliner magazine and author of over 15 books.
Peter A. Hansen Winter Park, FL; editor of Railroad History.
Dick Kreck Denver, CO; historian and author of Hell on Wheels.
Richard Luckin Golden, CO; Producer & director of Journey to Promontory.
Phil Sexton Auburn, CA; cultural and historic interpreter for California State Park.
Jim Wrinn Waukesha, WI; editor of Trains magazine.
Kyle Wyatt Sacramento, CA; retired curator and historian at the California State Railroad Museum.

Symposium Facilities

Friday & Saturday activities take place at:
#1 The American Mountaineering Center
710 10th Street
Golden, CO 80401

Sunday activities take place at:
#2 The Colorado Railroad Museum
17155 W. 44th Avenue
Golden, CO 80403

The Symposium Hotel will be:
#3 The Table Mountain Inn
1310 Washington Avenue
Golden, CO 80401

Table Mountain Inn "Special Rate"

The “Special 2019” discount is available to all guests. The discounted rate is 10% off the best available rate at the time of booking. To make a reservation at the discounted rate, follow the reservation instructions below

BOOK BY PHONE: Call Table Mountain Inn directly at 303.277.9898 ext. 1 To receive the discounted rate, ask for the “Special 2019 Rate” (please use exact wording).

BOOK ONLINE: Visit and select the desired date(s) of stay and number of adults. When the available rooms appear, click “add code” and select “rate access” enter SPCL2019 (case sensitive) in the box.

All reservations are based on availability, specific rates are not guaranteed. Blackout dates may apply.



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