Leonard H. Eicholtz

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Leonard Henry Eicholtz (April 23, 1827-January 3, 1911) was a leading and well known nineteenth century American railroad engineer and civil engineer. He was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Eicholtz married Ellen Inslee Smith in 1871 and they had five children: four daughters and one son, Leonard H. Eicholtz, Jr.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Eicholtz was born in the city of Lancaster, Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, April 23, 1827, being the oldest son of Henry and Elizabeth Eicholtz. The family was of German origin, his great grandfather, Jacob Eicholtz, leaving the Palatine, Germany, and coming to Pennsylvania, where he settled in Lancaster county, in 1733.[2]

Death and Interment[edit]

Eicholtz died on January 3, 1911, and was interred at Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, Denver County, Colorado.[3]

External links[edit]



  • Helmers, Dow (1963). The Historic Alpine Tunnel. Denver, Colorado: Sage Books. OCLC 1972580.

Manuscript Collections

  • Leonard H. Eicholtz Collection (MSS #1023), Colorado Historical Society, Denver, Colorado.
  • Inventory of the Leonard Eicholtz diaries, 1838–1910, University of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.


  1. ^ Leonard H. Eicholtz Civil War letter, MSS 101f, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Accessed April 2, 2020.
  2. ^ Ferril, William Columbus. Sketches of Colorado: Being an Analytical Summary and Biographical History of the State of Colorado as Portrayed in the Lives of the Pioneers, the Founders, the Builders, the Statesmen, and the Prominent and Progressive Citizens who Helped in the Development and History Making of Colorado. Western Press Bureau Company, 1911. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  3. ^ "Leonard H Eicholtz". Find A Grave. Find A Grave. Retrieved 2 April 2020.