Monday, May 30, 2016

Brave Bull Buffet, 1965

Courtesy Aurora History Museum
The Brave Bull Mexican Buffet was located at 8975 E. Colfax Avenue, between Yosemite and Akron on Colfax. It opened in the mid 1960s.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Cottonwood Motel, 1908

Cottonwood Motel on East Colfax Avenue in A-Town (Original Aurora), 1908 - courtesy Aurora History Museum

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Every Which Way But Loose at Zanza Bar

Scene at the Zanza Bar on Colfax Avenue in Aurora, Colorado from the Clint Eastwood movie "Every Which Way But Loose".

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Colfax Throwbax: The Aladdin Theatre

Truly a $10 Broadway Show for only 50 cents! Denver's most distinctively beautiful theater, now a Walgreen's.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Fitzsimons Army Hospital Theater

Colfax in Aurora hosted some big name stars in this theater on the Fitzsimons Army Hospital campus...Bob Hope was a regular!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Retro Colfax: Riviera Motel

Very cool postcard from the Riviera Motel, 1960s. This was around the time Frank Sinatra stayed there on his way through town.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Freddie's Lounge

Found an old t-shirt from Freddie's Lounge, a great live music joint once at 6300 West Colfax Avenue.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Aurora Community Church, 1925

Aurora Community Church, East Colfax Avenue and Fulton Street, 1925. (courtesy Aurora History Museum)

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Voorhies Memorial Seal Pond, 1958

The Voorhies Memorial Seal Pond was designed by sculptor Robert Garrison in 1922 as part of the Voorhies Memorial. John E. Voorhies was a banker who made his wealth in the early mining days. He funded the memorial which was located across from his home at 1425 Cleveland. The structure was designed by William Ellsworth and Arthur Addison Fisher to resemble the Water Gateway at the 1893 Columbian Exposition.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Bob Dylan recorded at the Motel De Ville on Colfax?!

Bob Dylan spent a lot of time on Colfax, even beyond the days of one of his very first early gigs, ever, at the Satire Lounge when he was only 19. I came across this bootleg today, recorded with Robbie Robertson at the Motel De Ville at 3:00am on March 13, 1966. (650 West Colfax Ave., Room 102).

Bob Dylan - Motel de Ville
Room 102
Denver, CO
3 AM

01 Most Probably van Gogh #1            00:56
02 Most Probably van Gogh #2            04:25
03 Most Probably van Gogh #3            00:33
04 Most Probably van Gogh #4            01:03
05 Most Probably van Gogh #5            02:21
06 Most Probably van Gogh #6            02:19
07 Most Probably van Gogh #7            00:48
08 Don't Tell Him #1                            01:08
09 Don't Tell Him #2                            03:15
10 If You Want My Love                     04:53
11 Just Like a Woman #1                    00:21
12 Just Like a Woman #2                    05:10
13 Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands #1        02:06
14 Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands #2        01:23
15 Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands #3        05:25
16 Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands #4        02:05
17 Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands #5        02:33

Rooms reserved for Ashes & Sand, Inc
Room 102: Bob Dylan
Room 104: Robbie Robertson [Jaime Royal Klegerman]
Room 108: Robert Shelton [Robert Shapiro]

Bob Dylan: vocals, acoustic guitar
Robbie Robertson: acoustic guitar

Taper: Robert Shelton
Lineage: Reel-to-reel (3 3/4 ips, 1 7/8) >
3-inch reels

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Crazy Stan the Used Car Man

Crazy Stan the Used Car Man, East Colfax, 1974 (Courtesy Save the Signs)

Friday, May 13, 2016

Hotel Tours and State Capitol

The elegant Hotel Tours by the Colorado State Capitol, 1900s. Stately rooms going for 75 cents and up! (Image courtesy The Colfax Museum)

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

DAVA Monster!

DAVA Monster in the Courtyard (Photo by Jonny B.)
DAVA (Downtown Aurora Visual Arts) provides arts education programs for urban youth ages 3 to 17 in Original Aurora, Colorado.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Denver's Centennial Pioneer Village

To commemorate Denver's Centennial (1859-1959) this Pioneer Village was erected and depicts a striking contrast against Denver's City and County Building.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Tap Inn

An early '90's photo of the Tap Inn taken by J.L. McGuire which was located at 4888 W. Colfax for decades. The bar is still there, but is now known as The Viking.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

DAVA Annual Fundraiser on May 11th

Downtown Aurora Visual Arts Celebrates Students
at their Annual Fundraiser

Local nonprofit honors positive youth outcomes through its
arts education programming

DAVA is hosting its annual spring fundraiser on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. A cocktail hour will be followed by dinner and a program where the theme is Pathways to the Future. DAVA students will present their own self-produced short films, model paper fashions that they created, and receive awards. The Museum’s Gems and Minerals Exhibit will be open to guests.

DAVA recently completed the renovation and expansion of their facility. With 8300 square feet of dedicated arts education capacity, DAVA will be celebrating the accomplishments of youth and the possibilities this highly functioning arts building brings to the kids in our community.

About Downtown Aurora Visual Arts

Founded in 1993, Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA) has been building community through the arts for over two decades. By providing a safe learning environment for youth ages three to 17, DAVA programs reinforce 21st century life skills, build self-esteem, and connect youth to the community.

DAVA represents a unique combination of arts education and youth development, demonstrating how quality arts programming during after-school hours form a critical framework for long-term youth success. Each year, DAVA programs impact approximately 1,400 young people and support the programming of partner organizations. DAVA is as an anchor in the Aurora community, contributing to the development of a creative workforce and preparing young people for lifelong success. Visit for more information.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Denver Tramway stop in Civic Center Park, 1920s

View of a waiting shelter at a Denver Tramway street car stop in Civic Center Park at Colfax Avenue and Broadway in the Civic Center neighborhood of Denver, Colorado, 1920s. Flowers are near the wood building. (courtesy Denver Library Western History Collection)

Friday, May 6, 2016

Colfax and Broadway, 1904

Colfax Avenue has a girlfriend...her name is Broadway! Colfax and Broadway, 1904. (courtesy Denver Public Library)

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Colorado Cafe

View of the Colorado Cafe at 601 East Colfax Avenue (corner Pearl Street) in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Denver, Colorado, 1990. Features include moss rock cladding. Signs read: "All You Can Eat Pancakes" and "Steak & Eggs $3.39". (Photo by Roger Whitacre)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

#SeenOnColfax: Actor James Stewart

Actor James Stewart was in town for the filming of "The Glenn Miller Story" in Denver in 1953, which required some streets to be blocked off and locals hired as extras. This scene is downtown Denver at what is now Civic Center Park area. Denver Post file photo (courtesy Bob Coen).

Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Huddle Inn

The Huddle Inn at 7036 East Colfax Avenue in the Montclair neighborhood of Denver, Colorado, in 1976. The one story brick building has a stucco finish on the sides. Large front display windows have been covered in wood panels. The building has glass brick transom windows. A large electric and neon sign is attached to the roof and points into the front door, it has a large martini glass on it and reads "Huddle Inn Food Mixed Drinks." The building was built around 1940. (Courtesy Tom Noel Photo Collection)