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Aurora History Museum Houses 100-Year-Old Trolley

News | April 1, 2015

Kutak Rock attorneys Daniel Lynch and Mario Trimble, partners in the firm’s Denver office, represented the City of Aurora, Colorado as bond counsel on a $1.4 million financing to expand the Aurora History Museum to include a restored trolley that once ran on Colfax Avenue. 

The museum’s 100-year-old Trolley Trailer No. 610 was discovered in an abandoned home in east Aurora, Colorado in 2006. The 40-foot-long, 10-foot-tall trolley carried up to 100 standing passengers up and down Colfax Avenue from 1914 to 1932. Since the discovery, the trolley has been through three years of volunteer restoration, but was held in storage until the museum expansion to house it was nearly complete.

The Kutak Rock team assisted the City’s finance department and the office of the City Attorney with the $1.4 million lease-backed financing of the museum expansion that allowed the 10-foot-tall, 18,000 pound trolley to be preserved as part of Aurora’s history.

The completely restored trolley is now the centerpiece of the Aurora History Museum expansion. The expansion was completed in late 2014 and includes a 1,600-square-foot exhibition room, a new entrance and hall, and a 900-square-foot receiving room. It also features a glass wall that looks onto the Great Lawn at the Aurora Municipal Center.