Marcia Car from Moffatt Railroad

Staff writer

The Marcia Car is a private railroad car originally constructed by the Pullman Co. in 1906 for Denver banker and railroad magnate David Moffatt, who used it to review progress on the construction of the Denver Northwestern & Pacific Railroad and to entertain prospective investors in the project.

Moffatt named the car after his daughter and only child, Marcia. The interior woodwork is solid mahogany imported from Africa, and there are sleeping quarters for up to 12 people. The car has been thoroughly renovated.

Moffat began work on the Denver Northwestern & Pacific in 1902 at the urging of Denver civic leaders who wanted a direct rail route to Salt Lake City after the Transcontinental Railroad chose a route through Wyoming. The railroad built the Moffat Tunnel through the mountains and reached Steamboat Springs in 1909.

But Moffat died in 1911, and the railroad ran out of money after reaching Craig in 1913 and ended there. The railroad later became part of the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad, which donated the car to the town of Craig in 1953.

Today, the car is owned by the Craig Chamber of Commerce and is on display at the chamber’s Moffat County Visitor Center.

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Marcia Car
360 E. Victory Way
Craig, CO 81625
(970) 824-5689
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