August 7th, 1904 Pueblo Colorado

On August 7, 1904 this bridge, #110B was the site of the Eden Train Wreck.  Eden Colorado is 9 miles North of Pueblo, Colorado. Heavy rains and a flash flood caused Express #11 of the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad to wreck. It was the worst train tragedy of the time. 96 people lost their lives, 52 were from Pueblo.

Express #11 of the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad was heading south from Colorado Springs to Pueblo. The engineer was issued a caution because of thunderstorms in the area and he slowed to 15 to 20 mph. When they reached the bridge the engineer could feel the train sway side to side. At the time the engine reached solid track the bridge gave way. The engine lost momentum and fell back into the gulch along with the baggage car, the coach, and the chair car.
Bodies were found in the Arkansas as far east as Ordway and by the best estimates, 14 bodies were never found

(Courtesy of  the Pueblo County Historical Society)


Return to News Archive is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.