Thursday, March 5, 2015

Born Into Poverty: 1,400 Each Year

Data source: CDPHE vital statistics, 2007 to 2010.
By Jordan Wirfs-Brock, The Piton Foundation

In East Colfax and Original Aurora, six out of 10 babies are born to families making less than $15,000. This is the highest rate of newborn poverty in the Children's Corridor. In some tracts in Original Aurora, the rate is close to 70%.

East Colfax and Original Aurora also has more births than any Corridor hub. From 2007 to 2010, almost a third of Corridor births were in East Colfax and Original Aurora.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Colfax Speed Queen, Lions Lair, Denver Jan 23, 2015


Colfax Speed Queen kicked off a fun night in the lion's den. Probably even had Moe smiling.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Save the Signs: Shepherds Motel

Photo by Diane Calvallary Flores
 


The Shepherds Motel, at East Colfax and Valentia Street, is still operating under the same name and the giant arrow still graces the roof line. I even noticed the other night that one lonely light bulb on the arrow still works. (Courtesy Save the Signs)

Monday, March 2, 2015

Then and Now: Colfax, U.S. Mint & Capitol Building

Colfax, U.S. Mint & Capitol Building, circa-1910

Colfax, U.S. Mint and Capitol Building a few years later, trees have now filled in quite a bit. Still no City & County Building.
Colfax Avenue, U.S. Mint and Capitol Building in the early-'70s. The building with the yellow aluminum panels is the Miesian Professional and Business Man's Insurance Building, designed 1957-58 by Fisher & Fisher & Davis. (courtesy The Denver Eye)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Denver History Tours with Phil Goodstein - 2015 Schedule

To reserve a spot on a tour or have questions answered, please call Phil Goodstein 
at (303) 333-1095.

Saturday, March 14: West Quality Hill, 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Meet the Zang Mansion, 709 Clarkson Street.  The cost is $10.00.  A copy of this schedule and 
information about Goodstein’s books is at LeonardLeonard.com/neighborhoods/walkingtours.

Sunday, March 15: Ghosts of Cheesman Park, 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Meet at the gazebo near the equivalent of 12th Avenue and Gilpin Street.  It is directly south of the 
RTD bus stop on the 12th Avenue loop in the park.  Gilpin Street is the 1700 east block.  Park in the 
park, east bound, on the 12th Avenue loop to the east of the RTD stop.  The cost is $10. 

Saturday, March 21: South of the Country Club, 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Meet in front of Steele School on the east side of the South Marion Street Parkway between Alameda 
Avenue and Dakota Avenue.  (Marion Street is one block east of Downing Street.)  The cost is $10.00

Saturday, March 28: Sloans Lake/West Colfax, 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Meet at the steps of Lake Junior High School at West 19th Avenue and Meade Street.  (Meade Street 
does not cut directly through between West Colfax Avenue and West 19th Avenue.  Take West Colfax 
to Lowell Boulevard, the road six blocks west of Federal Boulevard, go north till it dead ends at West 
18th Avenue and go one block west to Meade Street.)  The cost is $10.

Saturday, April 4: Civic Center/Golden Triangle, 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Gather by the sculpture of the cows on the north side of Acoma Street at West 12th Avenue directly 
sought of the Art Museum.  (Acoma Street is one block west of Broadway.).  The tour is $10.00.

Sunday, April 12: North Capitol Hill, 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Meet at the Castle Marne, 1572 Race Street.  (Race is 20 blocks east of Broadway and three blocks 
west of York Street.  This is the stone bed and breakfast at the corner of 16th Avenue.)  The cost is 
$10.00

Sunday, April 19: Park Hill, 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Meet at the gazebo in Ferguson Park at the southeast corner of 23rd Avenue and Dexter Street.   
(Dexter Street is seven blocks east of Colorado Boulevard.)  The cost is $10.00.

Sunday, April 26: West Denver/Auraria, 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Meet in front of Greenlee School on the east side of Lipan Street between 11th and 12th avenues.   
(Lipan is two blocks west of Santa Fe Drive.)  The cost is $10.

Saturday, May 2: Ghosts of Cheesman Park, 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Meet at the gazebo near the equivalent of 12th Avenue and Gilpin Street.  The cost is $10.

Saturday, May 9: Ghost Walk, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm
Meet at the statute of the Indian on the east lawn of the Capitol along Grant Street between Colfax 
and 14th avenues.  The cost is $20.00.

Saturday, May 16: Bicycling Tour of the West Side, 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Meet in front of West High School, 951 Elati Street.  This is the commanding structure west of 
Speer Boulevard between Ninth and Eleventh avenues.  (Elati Street is five blocks west of Broadway.   
It is one-way southbound in front of West.  The easiest way to get there is to take West 11th Avenue 
to the road.)  The tour is $10.00.

Saturday, May 23: San Rafael/Five Points, 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Meet in front of Whittier School, southeast corner of 25th Avenue and Downing Street.  The cost is 
$10.00.

Sunday, May 31: Bicycling Tour of Belcaro, 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Meet in front of Knight School, Exposition Avenue and South Steele Street.  (Exposition Avenue is 
four blocks south of Alameda; Steele Street is eight blocks west of Colorado Boulevard and eight 
blocks east of University Boulevard.  Steele Street does not cut through to the south of Exposition 
Avenue.)  The cost is $10.00.

Wednesday, June 3: Capitol Hill, 6:30 pm–8:30 pm
Meet at the Capitol Hill Mansion, 1207 Pennsylvania Street.  (Pennsylvania Street is five blocks east 
of Broadway.  The cost is $10.00

Wednesday, June 10: Central/South Denver, 6:30 pm–8:30 pm
Meet in front of Byers Junior High School, 150 South Pearl Street—Pearl Street is six blocks east 
of Broadway.  The school is a block and a half north of Alameda Avenue.  The cost is $10.00.

Saturday, June 13: Ghost Walk, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm
Meet at the statute of the Indian on the east lawn of the Capitol along Grant Street between Colfax and 
14th avenues.  The cost is $20.00.

Wednesday, June 17: Berkeley, 6:30 pm–8:30 pm
Meet in front of the Smiley Library at West 46th Avenue and Utica Street in Berkeley Park. 
(Utica Street is one block west of Tennyson Street and seven blocks east of Sheridan Boulevard.)  The cost is $10.00.

Wednesday, June 24: The Ruins of University Hospital, 6:30 pm–8:30 pm
Meet to the west of the tennis courts in Lindsely Park at 12th Avenue and Cherry Street.   
(Cherry is six blocks east of Colorado Boulevard.  It does not cut through between 12th Avenue and 
Hale Parkway.  The easiest way to get there is to take Cherry south from Colfax.)  The cost is $10.00.

Sunday, June 21: Bicycling Tour of Park Hill, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Meet in front of the Park Hill School, along 19th Avenue between Elm and Fairfax streets.   
The cost is $10.00.

Saturday, June 27: The Seamy Side of Denver, 5:00 pm–7:15 pm
Meet by the benches near 21st and Blake streets, right by the First Base entrance to Coors Field.   
The cost is $20.00.

Thursday, July 2: Park Club Place, 6:30 pm–8:30 pm
Meet at the real estate office of Leonard Leonard & Associates, 420 Downing Street, 303/744–6200.   
The cost is $10.00.

Thursday, July 9: Hilltop, 6:30 pm–8:30 pm
Meet at the sundial in Cranmer Park near the equivalent of Second Avenue and Cherry Street.   
Enter the park at either First Avenue or Third Avenue at Clermont Street.  There is a deck in the center 
of the park topped by a huge sundial.  (Clermont is five blocks east of Colorado Boulevard.)   
The cost is $10.00.

Thursday, July 16: Jefferson Park, 6:30 pm–8:30 pm
Meet at the benches near the southeast corner of West 23rd Avenue and Eliot Street in Jefferson Park 
proper.  (Eliot Street is one block east of Federal Boulevard.)  The cost is $10.00.

Thursday, July 23: West Washington Park, 6:30 pm–8:30 pm
Meet in front of the Washington Street Community Center at the southwest corner of Washington Street 
and Ohio Avenue.  (Washington Street is seven blocks east of Broadway; Ohio Avenue is five blocks 
south of Alameda Avenue.)  The cost is $10.00.

Saturday, July 25: Ghost Walk, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm
Meet at the statute of the Indian on the east lawn of the Capitol along Grant Street between Colfax and 
14th avenues.  The cost is $20.00.

Saturday, August 1: The Seamy Side of Denver, 5:00 pm–7:15 pm
Meet by the benches near 21st and Blake streets, right by the First Base entrance to Coors Field.   
The cost is $20.00.

Tuesday, August 4: Potter Highlands, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Meet at the Lumber Baron Inn, the northeast corner of West 37th Avenue and Bryant Street. 
(Bryant is four blocks east of Federal Boulevard.)  The cost is $10.00.

Tuesday, August 11: Harvard Gulch, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Meet at the benches at the southeast corner of South Logan Street and Iliff Avenue.   
(Logan Street is four blocks east of Broadway.  Iliff Avenue is two blocks south of Evans Avenue.)   
The cost is $10.00.

Thursday, August 18: Montclair, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Meet in front of the Montclair Community Building, 6820 12th Avenue (the southwest corner of 12th 
Ave. and Oneida Street—Oneida Street is four blocks east of Monaco Street Parkway).   
The cost is $10.00.

Saturday, August 22: Ghost Walk, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm
Meet at the statute of the Indian on the east lawn of the Capitol along Grant Street between Colfax and 
14th avenues.  The cost is $20.00.

Thursday, August 25: Country Club/Circle Drive, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Meet in front of Bromwell School, Fourth Avenue and Columbine Street.   
(Columbine is one block east of Josephine. Fourth Avenue does not cut through between Josephine 
Street and Columbine Street.  Nor does Columbine cut through to the north of Third Avenue.  
Do not park in the lot between Columbine and Josephine streets.  The cost is $10.00

Saturday, September 12: Ghost Walk, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm
Meet at the statute of the Indian on the east lawn of the Capitol along Grant Street between Colfax and 
14th avenues.  The cost is $20.00.

Sunday, September 20: Ghosts of Cheesman Park, 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Meet at the gazebo near the equivalent of 12th Avenue and Gilpin Street.  The cost is $10.

Sunday, September 27: Mount Olivet Cemetery, 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Meet by the fence across the road from the Madonna Mausoleum.  The main entrance to Mount 
Olivet is west of Youngfield Street on West 44th Avenue.  Go up the hill past the administration building 
to near where there is a big crucifix.  On your left is the Madonna Mausoleum.  (Coming from the east 
take exit 266 on Ward Road from I-70 and go west about a half mile to the cemetery.  Coming from 
the west take exit 265 at Youngfield. and go north about a mile to West 44th Avenue and turn left.   
The cemetery is the first exit on the right.)  The cost is $10.

Sunday, October 4: Crown Hill Cemetery, 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Gather at the parking lot along the main road of the graveyard, just west of the administration building 
along West 29th Avenue about two blocks west of Wadsworth Boulevard.  The cost is $10.00.

Saturday, October 10: Ghosts of Cheesman Park, 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Meet at the gazebo near the equivalent of 12th Avenue and Gilpin Street.  The cost is $10.00.

Saturday, October 17: Ghost Walk, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm
Meet at the statute of the Indian on the east lawn of the Capitol along Grant Street between Colfax and 
14th avenues.  The cost is $20.00.

Friday, October 23: Ghost Walk, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm
Meet at the statute of the Indian on the east lawn of the Capitol along Grant Street between Colfax and 
14th avenues.  The cost is $20.00.

Saturday, October 24: Ghost Walk, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm
Meet at the statute of the Indian on the east lawn of the Capitol along Grant Street between Colfax and 
14th avenues.  The cost is $20.00.

Friday, October 30: Ghost Walk, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm
Meet at the statute of the Indian on the east lawn of the Capitol along Grant Street between Colfax and 
14th avenues.  The cost is $20.00.

Saturday, October 31: Ghost Walk, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm
Meet at the statute of the Indian on the east lawn of the Capitol along Grant Street between Colfax and 
14th avenues.  The cost is $20.00.

To reserve a spot on a tour or have questions answered, please call Phil Goodstein (303) 333-1095.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Colfax History: Gene Reed


Denver wrestling promoter Gene Reed also owned the Riviera Motel out on East Colfax and that motel is where the wrestlers stayed when in town. There is also an ad on this page for KLZ's Channel 7 All Star Wrestling TV show on Saturday afternoons. (courtesy T
he Denver Eye)