Monday, November 30, 2020

Molly Brown House Museum

Margaret and J.J. Brown moved into this house in 1894.

Just a block and a half off Colfax Avenue lies the "Unsinkable" Molly Brown House Museum at 1340 Pennsylvania Street.

Historic Denver was founded as part of an effort to purchase the Molly Brown House and save it from the wrecking ball that had felled so many of its neighbors in Capitol Hill. The owner at the time, Art Leisinring, put out the alert that he needed to sell the structure, and Denver history lovers and preservationists worked together to save the decrepit mansion. The museum devoted to telling the story of Margaret Brown, Denver philanthropist and suffragist, has been open to the public since March 1971, and has welcomed well over two million people.

Friday, November 27, 2020

1960 Hillman Super Minx at Farmer Joe Cars

 

So much car...so little cost. The 1960 Hillman Super Minx at Farmer Joe Cars, 7575 East Colfax.


Thursday, November 26, 2020

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Satire Lounge Sign

Photo by John Margolies

The Satire Lounge sports a classic neon sign which hearkens back to the Highway 40 era of Colfax Avenue.

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Big Al's Gashouse

 

Big Al's does it again! Featuring live entertainment with The Escorts at 8975 E. Colfax Avenue.

Friday, November 20, 2020

New Yorker Lounge Sign Has A New Home


The old neon sign from the New Yorker Lounge, once at 2213 E. Colfax Avenue and York Street, has a new home at 17th and Newton St. in Denver.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Continental Liquor Company

Photo courtesy Denver Public Library

View of Continental Liquor Company at 5325 East Colfax Avenue in the South Park Hill Neighborhood of Denver, Colorado. (1992)

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

The Who on Colfax Avenue, 1970

 

That time The Who played on Colfax Avenue at Mammoth Gardens in 1970. The band considers this to be one of the best shows they ever played!
 

Monday, November 16, 2020

Jimi Hendrix on Colfax Avenue, 1970

 

That time Jimi Hendrix played on Colfax Avenue at Mammoth Gardens in 1970.

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Solf Building, 1976

Photo by Ira Gay Sealy

The Solf Building at 2644 W. Colfax Avenue, photographed in 1976.  Originally built in 1896, today it's the Original Brooklyn's.

Friday, November 13, 2020

Grammy Award winner Clark Hagan

 
Creating a museum like this requires support from the community. Thankfully, there are Colfax diehards everywhere!
 
Clark Hagan won a Grammy Award for his work with the King of Nashville, the Country Gentleman himself: Chet Atkins. Chet used to live in Lakewood, CO, and recorded his very first demo at the newly opened Rockley Music on West Colfax in 1946. 
 
Thank you for your generosity and support of our museum, Clark!

Thursday, November 12, 2020

John Elliott, R.I.P.

  

Rest in Power, John Elliott. He was a great friend of the music scene and had been fighting cancer with all his might, but in the end lost the battle to COVID. Keep fighting in his name, and wear your masks!

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Happy Veterans Day

William Colfax

Happy Veterans Day and thank you to all the heroes who have served our country! Speaking of veterans, Colfax Avenue namesake Schuyler Colfax's grandfather William was the Captain of General George Washington's personal guard. He fought in every major battle of the Revolutionary War and lived to tell the tale. He was even present at Yorktown when Gen. Corwallis surrendered, ending the war.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

The Sound Track


The Sound Track, located at Colfax and Gaylord St., was a short lived club, but hosted some legendary music while it lasted! King Crimson & Energy played there in 1972.

Monday, November 9, 2020

Mini Golf

Colfax Avenue and Race St.
Colfax Avenue and Garfield St.

 
There were apparently two mini golf courses along #Colfax circa 1930.

Sunday, November 8, 2020

U2 at McNichols Arena, 1987

 

On this date in 1987, U2 played Denver's now-demolished McNichols Arena, just a stone's throw from Colfax Avenue. Seven of the 22 songs in the Rattle and Hum film were recorded that evening in stunning black & white.


 

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Aristocrat Motor Hotel

  

Don't see too many aristocrats on West Colfax these days, with the exception of this very cool old sign...

Sunday, November 1, 2020

G. Brown

 

It takes a community to get a museum like this off the ground. We are so thankful for everyone who has shown their support for The Colfax Museum! Lifelong music journalist and historian G. Brown is one such person, shown here wearing one of our retro Sid King T-shirts. 
 
He is still very active today with his Colorado Music Experience website and blog. Thanks, G!