Denver and Rio Grande Railroad
Route map for the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad
Settlers and Stations
Settlers were attracted to nearby communities because the railroads provided access to markets. Railroads encouraged settlement along their routes to help increase the need for their service. If an ancestor settled near a railroad, you may be able to trace their place of origin back to another place along the tracks. For the D and RGW, this list also shows communities that had important mines.
Depots and Stations (Partial List) 
Salt Lake City
The principal repository for the records of the D and RGW is History Colorado, formerly called the Colorado Historical Society. Other repositories that have some records about this rail line are the Utah State Historical Society, the Pikes Peak library, Colorado College, and Fort Lewis College. 
Colorado Historical Records
History Colorado’s holdings for the D and RGW include a manuscript collection, a photography collection, artifacts, and maps.
The manuscript collection, MSS 513, is probably the most substantial at about 195 linear feet in size. The finding aid for this collection is available on their website at http://www.historycolorado.org/researchers/manuscript-finding-aids. This finding aid describes the contents of the collection folder by folder. The majority of the collection is financial and legal records, but it also includes some personnel information, promotion, and other types of materials. The personnel records do not include records for each year, and several of the rosters will only list agents, bosses, and supervisors rather than a full roster of all employees. 
The inventory for their photography collection is available online at http://www.historycolorado.org/researchers/drg-photographs. The photographs themselves are available to view in person at the History Colorado library; the photographs have not yet been digitized. 
History Colorado has some plat maps attributed to the railroad, but this is not a comprehensive collection of settlements near D and RG depots. To find these maps, search the library catalog, online at http://www.historycolorado.org/researchers/library-catalog. To go directly to the D and RG maps, try a Subject search for the term "Denver and Rio Grande Railway Company--Maps." There may also be maps included within the manuscript collection, and those will be noted on the manuscript finding aid. 
- Wikipedia contributors, "Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denver_and_Rio_Grande_Western_Railroad (accessed 11 February 2014).
- Wikipedia contributors, "List of Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad lines" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Denver_and_Rio_Grande_Western_Railroad_lines (accessed 11 February 2014).
- Hansen, Holly T, compiler. The Directory of North American Railroads, Associations, Societies, Archives, Libraries, and Museums, and Their Collections .Croydon, Utah; HT Holly Research Services: 1999.
- email from reference librarian at History Colorado, (received January 30, 2014).