Chuck Mack: Railroad plans – Part 7
Craig — March 15, 1922 – Rumored Plans of Axial Basin Company
“The Axial Basin Development Company, owner of the Mt. Streeter mine at Axial and the Mt. Streeter Railroad Co. and which last year prepared a survey of the proposed railroad line between Mt. Streeter and Wamsutter, Wyo., is about to come to life again, according to the Craig Empire. The company has lain dormant since last summer, when a proposition to build the railroad proved unsuccessful.
“Reports from Denver are to the effect that the company has received new backing from wealthy Chicago and New York interests. The reports, which have not been confirmed, state that work will begin in the spring on the connecting railroad from Mt. Streeter and that it will be in operation by next fall.
“At the same time development work will be resumed at the Mt. Streeter mines, which will be placed on a 5,000 ton per day capacity by the time the railroad is completed.
“It has been rumored in Craig for the past few days that the Mt. Streeter mines had been sold to the Union Pacific Coal Company, but this has been denied by company officers. It is stated however that some of the stockholders of the Union Pacific Coal Company and the Union Pacific Railroad are interested in the Mt. Streeter proposition.
“If the report is authentic as it is believed to be in Denver, additional impetus will be given the various coal companies now operating near Craig. They will immediately begin operations on a large-scale in order to attain maximum production by the time the northern outlet is completed.”
Sept. 3, 1920 – Railroad Outlet to Utah is Promise of M.T. Streeter
“Direct traffic connection between Salt Lake and Denver by way of Steamboat Springs with the completion of the Salt Lake and Denver railroad, the road promoted by Utah Gov. Simon Bamberger and financed by Salt Lake and Utah businessmen, is foreshadowed in the promise of M.T. Streeter that he will build to connect with the Bamberger road at the Utah-Colorado state line. According to a special dispatch to the Salt Lake telegram, Mr. Streeter is a leading spirit in Colorado for the construction of a road to connect Salt Lake and Denver.
“Grading of the Streeter Railroad has begun at Mt. Streeter to connect with construction work from Wamsutter, Wyoming. Mr. Streeter promised a delegation of the Utah businessmen who were recently the guests of the Commercial Club of Meeker that he will use the Strawberry Creek route instead of the Rangely route thereby saving one day’s travel into Utah.
“The Salt Lake newspaper looked at it that the promise of Mr. Streeter to connect with the Bamberger road at the Utah-Colorado state line puts at rest the idea that the Moffat road interest would attempt to go through the Uintah Basin, the inlaid empire of the west, who’s undeveloped resources are estimated at more than $250 million. The oil deposits and oil shale will produce oil to the value of $65 million, it is estimated. The building of the Utah railroad through the Uintah basin will make Salt Lake the metropolis of the intermountain west it is declared.”
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