The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 70, July 1966 - April, 1967 Page: 218
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as the hub of a great railroad system traversing the entire western
country, and as the region's center of commerce through which
all trade must flow.2
His dream of the "Queen City of the Plains" sitting astride a
great transcontinental railroad system evaporated when the Union
Pacific, deterred by the forbidding western mountains, laid its
rails through Cheyenne, Wyoming, to the north. Through the
hectic decade of the Civil War and into the seventies Evans con-
tinued his efforts to develop Denver as a commercial center. He
still conceived of a city as the focus of a regional north-south
railroad system operating across the lines of the powerful east-
west carriers. A new concept was initiated; Evans planned to build
a Y-shaped railroad network linking the northwestern Pacific ports
of Puget Sound and the northeastern centers on the Great Lakes,
2Rocky Mountain News (Denver), March 28, 1888.
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