When Union Station first opened in 1881, it was a depot for more than 80 trains a day carrying families, merchants, laborers and business leaders. It was also the largest building in Denver. Following World War II, railroads gave way to cars, trucks and airplanes and today, Union Station often stands empty save for a few passengers waiting for the Amtrak train. But, plans are in the works to restore Union Station to its original glory so that it can once again welcome passengers as a central transportation hub.
Poised at the crossroads of past glory and future promise, Denver Union Station symbolizes the grand era of great railroads that industrialized the west and transformed the nation. From a 19th century regional gateway to a 21st century multi-model hub, the Denver Union Station: Portal to Progress film awakens a sense of civic pride and thoughtful appreciation for the continuing legacy of a grand community icon.
For film director Havey, the story is captivating. “The railroads changed everything, from perception of time and distance to the scope of people’s hopes and dreams. Union Station was a welcoming gateway for a procession of arrivals and departures that transformed the development of Denver and the Rocky Mountain West. With great public attention on the future of Union Station the time is right for a revealing and entertaining interpretation of the history surrounding the depot.”