Railroad club seeks info on shed
May 18, 2011
The Moffat Railroad Museum is looking for information about a shed it recently moved from Hot Sulphur Springs to its new museum site in Granby.
“I know it’s an original railroad building,” said Dave Naples, museum board president. “But, I don’t know what it was used for and I don’t know when it was built.”
The floor of the shed is inlaid with two sets of standard gauge railroad track.
Naples said he estimates the building was constructed sometime between 1909 to 1913 when the Hot Sulphur yards were first put in use. He knows the shed was in use there in the 1930s and 40s until the yards in Tabernash made the Hot Sulphur yards obsolete. It was moved in 1953 to William S. Hite’s property who used as a butcher shop warehouse until the late 60s.
The Hite property was later purchased by the Ackerson family and eventually ended up in the hands of Grand Mountain Bank, who planned to tear down the old shed. Several members of the Grand County Historical Association alerted Naples to the building’s existence and pending doom. Naples got a quit claim deed from the bank and Paul MacDonald of Sky Crane helped move the building onto its new foundation near Kaibab Park.
The building is well-constructed, Naples said, and the museum will use it as a workshop during the remodel of its caboose.
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To provide any historical information about this building, contact Naples at 970-281-9094.
– Reid Armstrong can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610.