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Moffat Road Railroad Museum to open renovated visitor center July 4

Sky-Hi News staff report
The Moffat Road Railroad Museum plans to open its newly renovated visitor center on July 4 after restoring the building, including the bell tower and steeple.
Courtesy Dave Naples

The Moffat Road Railroad Museum said it is in the final stages of completing the restoration of its visitor center.

According to Dave Naples, executive director of the railroad museum, the grand opening of the visitor center is scheduled for July 4.

A Walt Disney crew originally built the visitor’s center in 1957 for the Magic Mountain Amusement Park as the fun house attraction, Naples said. In 1971, the park became the Heritage Square Amusement Park in Golden where the building was added on to and became the Wedding Bell Chapel.

The Moffat Road Railroad Museum saved the building from destruction in 2018 and trucked it up to Granby. The bell tower and steeple have been rebuilt and will be set on the roof before the end of April.

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Naples said the interior is ready to accept Moffat Road artifacts, pictures, railroad paperwork, posters and more. While the museum has some of these pieces in storage, it is requesting more.

There are three railroads that the museum wants to preserve in history to educate the public on the importance of the railroads in Grand County, Naples said.

The original railroad was the Denver Northwestern & Pacific Railway from 1902-1912, and then it became the Denver & Salt Lake Railroad from 1912-1947. From 1947-1973, it was the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad.

If you have any memorabilia or artifacts pertaining to these railroads, the museum asks you to consider donating or lending them to share with visitors.

Call 970-281-9094 to talk to Naples about the possibility of allowing the public to share your railroad history.


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