Thursday, March 30, 2017

Colfax, California

Statue of Schuyler Colfax in Colfax, California commemorating his part in helping complete the transcontinental railroad. Schuyler also came to Colorado on this trip in 1865 to visit his niece who lived in Denver.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Bye Bye Smiley's, World's Largest Laundromat

Photo courtesy Save the Signs
A piece of the old Smiley's Laundromat sign hangs inside the lobby of the newly-renovated apartments on East Colfax Avenue.

Despite the recent investments in the Art-Deco building, developers plan to demolish and replace it with a new apartment building that has ground-floor retail and underground parking. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Monday, March 27, 2017

Hub Cap Annie

Hub Cap Annie once had a store on East Colfax Avenue...we miss you Annie!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Down and Out Surfin' the Couch

by envoyé par giorgio

This is a song I wrote while I was down and out, couch surfing, and while spending too much time observing the cold realities of life in the red light districts of South Federal Blvd. and East Colfax Ave. in Denver, Colorado, the "Queen City".

Why can't they understand that a strip club is about the last place I wanna' hear the name Jesus
Where the patrons only want to get loaded, worked up, blow their wads and spread diseases..

Maybe they don't really want to have a serious conversation about all of their personal problems...
About how they can't afford their life, about to lose their wife, their debt and how they've finally hit rock bottom...

Why would you go and act surprised
when you see in their eyes they're telling only lies to get something..

And the last thing on their minds
is to realize the reasons why you think they don't need nothing...

One side tells them to look death in the eye
to be cold and dry, not ask why and have no feelings

The other needs their sacrifice
to inherit the future take a risk and die to make a better life -for only their offspring

They don't want to look into your eyes
change their whole lives,
make commitments, don't give a damn for your needs but they're still calling

They just want a fantasy fulfilled so put on your clothes,
take your pill, and go back out to the valley of the fallen

Slow black water ooze
Just shut the fuck up and fill the cup with more booze

Slow black water ooze
Just shut the fuck up and fill the cup with more boo's

Why can't they understand that the red light district is about the last place I wanna' go to buy medicin

Where the patrons only want to get something to calm them down from the intensity of the effects of their amphetamines

They know they're not sick, too young for Glaucoma, but they want to be legit with self-indulgence in the eyes of their hated government

They get their dope, their crack, their liquor, porn and their emotionally distraught sex victims all in one neighborhood

Does a medical patient fill a prescription just before a crack-hit, jerking off, then to the nearest bar to boast their useless manhood

Someone's got to float the economic vessel of that slowly dying begging bum, sitting slinging drugs just for the little bump your greedy ass will give him..

He sleeps outside your window every night hoping that you'll swallow your pride and again decide to let him inside to spend your money on him

Your love will wash her face with a tire-mark to look more dark because a sheep herd made it seem norma

So don't sit there and act surprised, like you lost your rights, when you catch her talking to another fool informal

The hypocrites will rationalize their expulsive binging while spewing lies of their faith in the system devised of their so-called people..

Slow black water ooze
Just shut the fuck up and fill the cup with more booze

Slow black water ooze
Just shut the fuck up and fill the cup with more boo's...

envoyé par giorgio - 29/5/2013 - 09:07

Friday, March 24, 2017

Emerson St. East

Emerson St. East used to be at 900 East Colfax Avenue in Denver. Today it's Charlie's!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Happy Birthday, Schuyler Colfax!

On this day in 1823, Schuyler Colfax was born. Happy Birthday, Schuyler!

Schuyler Colfax Jr. was a journalist, businessman, and politician from Indiana. He served as a United States Representative, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the 17th Vice President of the United States.

And the longest, wickedest street in North America is named after him...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Colfax Avenue, 1937

Picking up girls on Colfax Avenue: a time-honored tradition since (at least) 1937.

Monday, March 20, 2017

University of Denver Civic Center Campus

The University of Denver Civic Center Campus. The Hotel Tours, Immaculate Conception Cathedral and the Colorado State Capitol can be seen in the background. (courtesy The Colfax Museum)

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Denver Tramway, 1949

#14 800 series Denver Tramway streetcar bound for the central loop downtown. The date of this photo was Dec 3, 1949. Streetcars would only be in service another 6 months, as the Tramway would retire them in June 1950. The ad card on the front of the car is for KOA radio personality Chuck Collins, the father of singer Judy Collins. (courtesy The Denver Eye)

Saturday, March 18, 2017

West Colfax Landmark: Bliss House

The Bliss House, located at 1839 Stuart Street, is a West Colfax landmark and was home to Colorado's last living Civil War Veteran.

Built: 1891

Year of designation: 1975

Current use: Private residence

This Lang and Pugh-designed home was built for Dr. and Mrs. Jerry and Lillian Bliss. Dr. Bliss, a Civil War veteran, lived here until his death in 1945, at the age of 99. He was last surviving member of the Grand Army of the Republic in Colorado at the time of his death.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Four Leaf Clover

Look! I found a four leaf clover on Colfax (well, almost). Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Saturday, March 11, 2017

BC Barber Co.

C'mon Denver, let's roll. But first, be sure to get cleaned up and looking your best. Here at BC Barber Co, we are here for you at 3210 E. Colfax Avenue!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Madam Butterfly's

Colfax Avenue, at one time or another, has had it all...even a Madam Butterfly's!!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Marcove Drug Co.

Courtesy Save the Signs
 The Marcove Drug Co., once stood at 400 E. Colfax Avenue in Denver, CO.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

East 70 Drive-In Before and After

These photos were taken sometime in the early 1980's, when the sign had a fancy new paint job!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Friday, March 3, 2017

The Yucca - 1930s

The Yucca - "Famed for Food" - 8975 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, Colorado