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Web of Steel

Location: West side of the Westin Hotel, north of 104th Avenue, east of Westminster Boulevard.
Artist: Communication Arts, Boulder, Colorado.
Year Installed: 2000.
How Acquired: Funded by the City of Westminster.
Comments: The history panel is located at the base of one of sixteen custom-designed light towers.

History Panel: Web of Steel

Panel text:

Web of Steel

The Rocky Mountains created serious transportation problems, but Coloradans were determined to bring the railroad through the Territory. When the Village of Harris (later Westminster) was settled, it was a distant and separate community from Denver and other surrounding towns.  For many years, horses and buggies and saddle horses were the only means of transportation for residents.  The time and energy it took to reach Denver would soon be greatly reduced.  In 1881, construction of the first railroad track through Harris was begun by the Denver Western and Pacific Railway Company.  That same year, the first train ran from Denver to Boulder, via Harris. Until 1908, the railroad remained the only fast means for Harris residents to reach other communities. In July of that year, the Colorado and Southern Railroad Company formed a subsidiary known as the Denver Interurban from Utah to Boulder.  The train ran for 18 years.

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