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Throwback Thursday: RTD's Original Light Rail Line

Construction of RTD's original light rail line, the 5.3-mile Metro Area Connection between 30th/Downing and I-25/Broadway, was well underway when the photo  from March 1994 photo was taken.

Can you identify the location? Two of the three buildings in the photo are no longer standing, and the third doesn't look like that anymore. Can you name them? Can you identify the person for whom the building on the right was named?" Find the answers below the picture.

Original light rail construction on Denver Metro Connection between I-25 and Broadway and 30th and Downing. March 1994
Original light rail construction on Metro Area Connection between I-25 and Broadway and 30th and Downing. March 1994


Answers and History

The view is looking southwest in the 1400 block of Stout Street, toward the switch that directs southbound trains toward Colfax Avenue or to loop through downtown on California Street.

The smaller building in the center is the Terrecentre mid-rise office building that opened in 1983 at Speer Boulevard and Stout Street. It was demolished in 2001 as part of the expansion and remodeling of the Colorado Convention Center, at left.

The building on the right also was demolished for that expansion - Currigan Hall, Denver's main convention center from 1969 until the current one opened in 1991. It remained in use for 10 more years as auxiliary space.

...And It Just Gets More Interesting


Contrary to popular belief, Currigan Hall was not named for then-Mayor Tom Currigan, who resigned from office the year before it was completed.

Rather, it was named for his grandfather, Martin Currigan Sr., who emigrated from Ireland to Denver in 1864 and was a plasterer on the construction of the Brown Palace Hotel.

He served on the Denver City Council until, in 1900 while campaigning for re-election from his two-wheeled horse cart in north Denver, the vehicle tipped on a curb and he was thrown to the street. He later died of his injuries. He is buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery.



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