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Interurban Car No. 25 Open House

Ride beautifully restored, rare transit Car No. 25


Lakewood Heritage, Culture & the Arts is delighted to host an open house where visitors can hop aboard and ride the historic Denver and Intermountain Interurban trolley Car No. 25, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 9 at the Denver Federal Center Building No. 78, entering via Gate 1 on Kipling Street north of Alameda Parkway.  All adults must provide a government photo I.D., such as a driver’s license, for entry.  Pets are not permitted. This annual event includes rides on Car No. 25 (weather permitting), kids’ activity, transit history and light refreshments.  Donations will be gratefully accepted. 

Car No. 25 was once part of Denver’s extensive electric transit system that included more than 250 miles of track connecting Denver with Golden and Boulder.  Rich in local history, Car No. 25 was built by Denver’s own Woeber Carriage Company and placed into service on Feb. 17, 1911.  It was one of seven cars that provided passenger service on the 13-mile Denver-Lakewood-Golden line from 1911 to 1950.  With the proliferation of the automobile and a new bus system, rail transit service was abandoned in 1950.

In 1988, the Rocky Mountain Railroad Club Historical Foundation embarked on a 22-year project to restore Car No. 25, now the last remaining, completely intact electric railway car that once served the Denver area.  As an exquisitely restored piece of history, Car No. 25 is now owned by the City of Lakewood and is listed on both the State Register of Historic Properties and the National Register of Historic Places.

For more information, please call 303-987-7850, email HCA@Lakewood.org or visit Lakewood.org/HistoricTransit.

Sponsored by the Lakewood Heritage, Culture & the Arts Division, the SCFD - with appreciation to the citizens of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, the HCA Alliance and the Denver Tramway Heritage Society.

Posted on: Tuesday, July 22, 2014