Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Colfax Avenue Historical Society

Colfax Avenue, the longest, wickedest (as in awesome) Main Street in America, has a colorful and vibrant history that must be preserved. This site is a gift to the people of Colorado and the World for historical archival purposes. All content can be found through the links in the right hand column. If you use any content, please credit colfaxavenue.org.

When in Denver, plan on visiting The Colfax Museum. The Colfax Avenue Historical Society also meets the last Sunday of every month at The Colfax Museum.

Thanks for visiting!


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Davies' Chuck Wagon Diner

Jonny B. looks so tiny next to this sign! Davies' Chuck Wagon Diner: A West Colfax Institution. #westcolfax

Monday, April 2, 2018

Marley Liquor

With all the dispensaries in town, I thought Marley Liquor was a little bit comical, and very Colfax! They even have a boot to boot! (photo by Jonny B.)

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The Denver Sound

Photo courtesy Bob Ferbrache
Yes, Denver does have a sound, and it was masterminded by producer/engineer/instrumentalist Bob Ferbrache (left), shown here dining at Davies' Chuckwagon Diner on West Colfax with Tom Headbanger (right) and Paul Masterson.


Sunday, March 25, 2018

Marc K's Pub

From left to right: Nick Cappazola, Marc Kastler, Steve Freeman, Don Blackledge and Norm Kastler.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Dutch Bros. Coffee Coming to West Colfax

Dutch Bros. Coffee, a chain from Portland, Oregon, has broken ground on a new store by Casa Bonita!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Chateau Motor Lodge


The old Chateau Motor Lodge sign on Pinterest. Looks like it is resting comfortably in someone’s living room. The former Chateau Motor Lodge at 8300 East Colfax Avenue at Valentia Street in Denver. Now the former Motel is the Orlando’s Apartments. (courtesy East Colfax NBHD)

Sunday, March 18, 2018

The Motel DeVille

Artist's rendering of the Motel DeVille, at Colfax Avenue and Galapago Street.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Colorado Children's Book Festival

Less a performance-oriented event than a celebration of childhood reading, this inaugural fest — sponsored by the mighty Tattered Cover book stores — zeroes in on middle grade books and authors, but subsequent years will include picture books, according to organizers. With its partners at OMG BookFest! this free gathering brings games, activities, readings and meetings to the Tattered Cover on East Colfax Avenue. Authors include David Bowles, Julia DeVillers, Stuart Gibbs, Shannon Hale, Varian Johnson, Sarah Mlynowski, Brandon Mull, Lauren Myracle, Courtney Sheinmel and many others. May 19, tatteredcover.com.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Monday, March 12, 2018

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Vintage Theatre presents Bullets Over Broadway


Vintage Theatre presents
Bullets Over Broadway the Musical
by Woody Allen
Directed by John Ashton

A REGIONAL PREMIERE!
April 13 through May 27, 2018

This musical comedy hit is loaded with big laughs, colorful characters and the songs that made the '20s roar!  Based on the screenplay of the acclaimed 1994 film by Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath, this six-time Tony-nominated musical features existing hits from the 1920s, including "Let's Misbehave," "'Tain't Nobody's Biz-ness If I Do" "Up a Lazy River" and "There's a New Day Comin'!"

Vintage Theatre presents the Regional Premiere of  Woody Allen’s “Bullets Over Broadway” April 13 through May 27. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays and Monday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m. at Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010. Tickets are $19 - $38 and available online at www.vintagetheatre.org or by calling 303-856-7830.

David Shayne is a straight-arrow playwright who plans to stand firm against compromising his work but quickly abandons that stance when his producer finds a backer to mount his show on Broadway. There's just one catch, however: the backer is a mobster who sees Shayne's play as a vehicle for his ditzy, talent-free girlfriend. Throw in an aging diva, a savant hit-man and a bevy of beautiful chorus girls, and this is one Broadway show that is sure to knock 'em dead. 

The cast includes Mary McGroary (Helen Sinclair), Damon Geurrasio(David Shayne), TJ Hogle (Cheech), Maggie Tisdale (Eden Brent), Michael O’Shea (Warner Purcell), John Gleason (Nick Valenti), Colby Dunn (Ellen), Adrianne Hampton (Olive Neal), Bernie Cardell (Julian Marx) and ensemble members James Bloom, Gabe Morales, John Mackey, Jenny Mather, Joe Lozano, Cara Lippit, Mike Martinkus, Keri Emswiller, Jessica Clayton, Court Clark, Kristine Bachicha, and Kaitlyn Althoff.

"Woody" Allen is an American filmmaker, writer, actor, comedian, and musician whose career spans more than six decades. He began his career at 15 years old as a comedy writer and since has received many accolades and honors. He has won four Academy Awards: three for Best Original Screenplay and one for Best Director. He also garnered ten British Academy Film Awards and two Golden Globe Awards. In 2011, PBS televised the film biography Woody Allen: A Documentary on the American Masters TV series. In 2014 Woody Allen was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for his outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.

Vintage Theatre
“Bullets Over Broadway”
A musical comedy loaded with colorful characters and songs that made the '20s roar! 
Apr. 13 – May 27
Fri/Sat and Mon. Apr. 30 at 7:30 p.m.; Sun. at 2:30 p.m.
$19 - $38
www.vintagetheatre.org or 303-856-7830.
Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Dr. Seuss' Piano

Saw this in Civic Center Park, and thought the Whos were back from Whoville...

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Building Civic Center Park

The Greek Theater in Civic Center Park while still under construction. (photo courtesy Denver Public Library Western History Collection)

Monday, March 5, 2018

Friday, March 2, 2018

The Pioneer Monument

The Pioneer Monument, at the corner of Colfax Avenue and Broadway in Denver, Colorado.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

A Cage in Search of a Bird

by Tom Fesing

The CBS television series “Route 66” was filmed in Denver on June 30, 1963. In the episode “A Cage In Search Of A Bird” Tod and Linc are in Denver, Colorado and become involved in the story of a gangster that helped commit the Great Mint Robbery on December 17, 1922. A robbery of $200,000 in five-dollar bills from the Federal Reserve Bank being stored at the Denver Mint. The robber, never caught is now an old man. 
In the episode there are great 1963 shots of Denver, Colfax Avenue, Historic US Route 40, 16th Street, Capitol Hill Neighborhood and the following:
1. El Rancho Restaurant on US 40.
2. The Tepees on US 40.
3. Rooftop view of 17th Ave from the Cosmopolitan Hotel across from the Brown Palace Hotel.
4. Colorado National Bank Interior.
5. Old Denver Bus Station.
6. Pioneer Sculpture on Colfax Avenue.
7. The Denver Mint on Colfax.
8. Gotham Hotel (now apts) at Grant and 12th.
9. Stapleton Airfield terminal and control tower.
10. Downtown strip club.
11. The Gold Nugget Tap Room & Elite Liquors at Larimer and 16th.
12. Paramount Theater at 16th & California.
13. May D&F & Putt-Putt golf on 16th Street.
14. Scotch & Sirloin Restaurant at the Gotham Hotel on Grant and 12th Avenue.
15. Square dancing at City Park pavilion.
16. Rocky Mountain News on Colfax.
17. Tabor Theater.
18. JC Penny’s on 16th.
You can watch the episode here, although mislabeled, it is “A Cage In Search Of A Bird.”

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Wolf's Restaurant & Lounge

Love this shirt from the Aurora History Museum Collection...Wolf's Restaurant & Lounge, at 15691 E. Colfax Avenue. Still there today!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Dale's Blarney Castle

Another coupon I wish I could still use, but expired in the early 1980's...

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Johnny Cash Birthday Bash at the Owl Saloon

Join us Saturday, February 24, 2018, for a celebration of Johnny Cash's Birthday at The Owl Saloon at 5026 E. Colfax Avenue in Denver. The Man in Blackhawk (Jonny Barber) will re-create the Live at Folsom Prison album in its' entirety, which came out 50 years ago this year! Show starts at 9:00pm.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Home of Schuyler Colfax

Home of Schuyler Colfax, Vice President of the U.S., under Ulysses Grant, at corner of Market St. (now Colfax Ave.) and Taylor St. in South Bend, Indiana. Demolished.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Stanley Aviation

The crew at Stanley Aviation. Robert Stanley invented and perfected the ejection seat not too far from East Colfax!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

West Colfax Farm Dairy

Old bottle from the West Colfax Farm Dairy, once at 5536 West Colfax Avenue in Lakewood, CO.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Hanna's Super Shell

Hanna's Super Shell, 9445 E. Colfax at Clinton St.

Photo by Tom Fesing
 Hanna's Today.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Smiley's Dry Cleaners

Man, I wish I could still use this coupon! Sure miss the World's Largest Laundromat...

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Dog n Suds Drive-In

1970 photos of the Dog n Suds Drive-In at 7315 East Colfax Avenue. Thanks to David Hosticka for sending these in!