My Present Past
A genealogical experience
The Moffat Road
George Engel travelled the Moffat Road in
1911 and also in 1913.
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The picture below was taken at Tolland in 1911 (originally named Mammoth) which is at the base of Moffat Road.
Above the passenger car you can see the "Giants Ladder" which is the switchback tracks climbing above the valley towards
Yankee Doodle Lake.
A much advertised popular and scenic spot was Yankee Doodle Lake at 14.7 miles. The tailings pile, extending
into the lake is the result of an aborted 2,000-foot tunneling effort in 1879 and 1880.
Remnants of cabins may still be seen here.
The picture below shows the train coming around the first part of Yankee Doodle Lake. The view includes the
shelves or snow sheds that protect the tracks from rock and snow slides.
"The Hill" also called "Hell Hill" refers to the section of the
original Moffat Railroad that made its arduous way up the
mountainside and crossed the Continental Divide  or "Devil's
Backbone" through Rollins Pass utilizing the 19th century
Rollinsville and Middle Park Wagon Road.

The Denver Northwestern & Pacific Railroad is an example of
how
David H. Moffat, in spite of incredible financial hardships,
realized his dream of driving a railroad line over

"The Top of the World" or Corona, Colorado.

Moffat began the line westward from Denver to Hot Sulphur
Springs in April of 1903. It was constructed to provide access
to the west side of a proposed 2.6-mile tunnel under Rollins
Pass at the 9,960-foot level. The line was completed in just a
little over two years in June of 1905. The route required the
boring of 33 small tunnels on a 2% grade along South Boulder
Creek and on a 4% grade over Rollins Pass.

Although intended for three or four years' use, the
"Over the Hill" route served as the main line until 1928, when
the six mile Moffat Tunnel was finally completed.
Background:
Arrow, Colorado on the Moffat Road
The picture below is on the opposite side of Yankee Doodle Lake next to the snow sheds.
Notice the mist or fog coming off the water.
Glaciers scooped out wide smooth sections from the mountain making a circular bowl or "cirque", in the valley.
Water ponds into lakes in the basin and the train makes another big loop around Yankee Doodle Lake.
At one time a series of snow sheds (top picture) were located on the west side of the lake.