Saturday, November 18, 2017

Eddie Bohn's Pig 'N Whistle

Located on West Colfax, Eddie Bohn’s Pig ’N Whistle was much more than just another motel along Highway 40. Rib joint, filling station and repair shop, boxer training facility, Hollywood movie location and celebrity hot spot; when Colfax Ave. was the heart line of Denver, Eddie Bohn’s was an institution. Colorado Boxing Commissioner and a fighter himself, Eddie Bohn was sparring partner for Jack Dempsey. Over the years, the Pig ‘N Whistle hosted a number of pugilists including Max and Buddy Bear, Primo Carnera, Gene Fullmer and even the young Corky Gonzales, Denver-born Chicano Rights Activist. The walls of the Pig ’N Whistle’s restaurant were adorned with photos of the sports, entertainment and political stars Eddie Bohn was friends with. Like so many landmarks, the advent of the Interstate Highway heralded the end times for the Pig ’N Whistle, which eventually burned down in 2010.

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