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Town View c1910


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Arrow, CO
Elevation  9,585 feet.
Denver 76.5 miles.

Located on the western foothills of Rollins Pass about a thousand feet above Middle Park, Arrow (or Arrowhead as it was commonly known) was initially a logging camp, then railroad construction camp, then boom town, and finally ghost town.

This was another wild outpost in the west, and plenty of mountain men, ranchers, loggers and railroad workers spent their time off there doing the normal stuff, mostly drinking and gambling. Since Arrow was originally on forest land it was technically illegal to sell alcohol there. Well, the folks were plenty thirsty so the clever saloon owners set up shop in portable tents and formed various "social clubs" to get around the liquor laws. All this skirting around was a pain, and the merchants quickly decided to incorporate.

In 1904, after the Denver Northwestern and Pacific railroad laid its tracks to Arrow, things really picked up in the area. Arrow was the first incorporated town in Grand County and in 1905 over 2000 people got their mail at the post office. 

For part of its life, Arrow was a tourist town on the summer excursion runs out of Denver. A fine dining hall was built as well as other nicer amenities. One of the things Arrow was noted for was the presence of two electric street lights. At its peak the permanent population was 200 and all were proud to boast of their lighted street.

Arrow became a fair sized town but a fire destroyed most of it in 1920. Furthermore, when the Moffat Tunnel was constructed this high section of the railroad over Rollins Pass was no longer needed. The town soon fizzled and what was left was packed away or turned into fire wood.



The railroad had a turning wye at Arrow along with a log Depot and Stock Yard.

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Arrow rail yard c1910


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Arrow log Depot c1900



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