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Denver, Center of the Cosmopolitan Railway

William Gilpin’s big idea in the late 1800s would have made Denver the crossroads of the world—the place where “the zodiac of nations closes its circle.”
The city's railroad history turned out not quite the way 19th century politician and promoter William Gilpin had hoped.
The city's railroad history turned out not quite the way 19th century politician and promoter William Gilpin had hoped. Ed Andrieski/AP

Where should we look for the “focal point of impregnable power in the topographical configuration of the continent?

The answer would be 1701 Wynkoop Street in Denver, the address of the city’s Union Station. At least according to 19th century politician and promoter William Gilpin.