Tom Noel - Charlie Davis Vail


The Highway Engineer Who Transformed Colorado Roads, a Colorado History Book Talk & Signing

Author Tom Noel will discuss and sign Charlie Davis Vail: The Highway Engineer Who Transformed Colorado Roads ($20.00). This book is a biography of the longtime Chief Engineer of the Colorado Department of Highways who also served simultaneously as the President of the Democratic Club of Colorado. This made for some interesting political arrangements including his feud with Governor and then U.S. Senator Big Ed Johnson over who controlled patronage and which routes should be favored.

Vail professionalized and expanded the highway department helping to survey and design what are now Vail Pass and I-70. Both the pass and the town are named for him. He was involved with many major highways including many arguments about which road and which pass should be selected for major highways.


This event is free and open to the public. End time may vary.

Can’t make it to the event? To request an autographed copy, please click on the "Add to Cart" button for the book and be sure to mention you'd like an autographed copy in comments portion of your order.

Event date: 
Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Tattered Cover Colfax Avenue
2526 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80206