Sunday, January 31, 2016

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Retro Colfax: La Vista Motel

The La Vista Motel is at 5500E. Colfax Avenue and is still standing today.

Friday, January 29, 2016

East Tincup on West Colfax Avenue in Golden

Pete Smythe
Pete Smythe was a well-known Denver radio and TV personality in the 1950s and 60s, and a better-than-average piano player. His show -- "Pete Smythe's General Store" -- was a kind of Prairie Home Companion of its day, set in the fictitious town of East Tincup, Colorado, and broadcasting over the "bobwire" network. 

Entrance to East Tincup, Colorado, on West Colfax Avenue
 East Tincup was a mythical creation patterned after an old Colorado mining town, and used as the setting for Smythe’s show. The site of the town was 12 miles west of Denver, and one-half mile east of the multi-million dollar Magic Mountain, which was under construction at that time. 

The "town" of East Tincup, Colorado
An entire town of 1880 vintage was set up on the site and admission was charged. The town included Centennial Village, a Colorado Centennial Celebration attraction formerly located in Denver’s Civic Center Park, now relocated to the East Tincup site, and a three-story recreation of the city’s famed, old-time Windsor Hotel. The upper floors of the hotel were made into a museum.

You could pan for gold, there was a miniature mechanized farm layout with small figures with a man shopping wood, etc, and a room where the water ran uphill!

The site of the old East Tincup theme park today is the

Dakota Ridge RV Park

17800 West Colfax Avenue
Golden, CO 80401
(303) 279-1625

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Lincoln Park Homes: One of Denver's Earliest Public Housing Projects

Photo by Clayton B Fraser
The Lincoln Park Homes complex, at the corner of West Colfax Avenue and Mariposa Street, is one of Colorado's earliest public housing projects. One of three such projects planned by the Denver Housing Authority soon after the agency's formation in 1938, the Homes represent a period in Denver's History when the defense industry was hitting its peak and government subsidization of public housing was just beginning in the state. The Homes are a product of New Deal efforts to revitalize the economic and moral fiber of the nation. What was once an innovative solution to the public housing needs of Depression-era Denver is now a sobering reminder of the ongoing problems associated with providing for the poor and rehabilitating deteriorating neighborhoods. There are now unoccupied, in preparation for demolition. The Homes are also significant for their place in the lengthy and prolific career of Denver architect Temple Buell. Certainly not one of his more memorable projects, the Lincoln Park Homes represent a transition in Buell's work, from his Depression-era to World War II-era projects.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Monday, January 25, 2016

Colfax is Proud to Host the AFC Champion Broncos!

If it isn't enough that the 2016 AFC Champion Denver Broncos play at Sports Authority Field at Mile High located along World Famous Colfax Avenue, now defensive end DeMarcus Ware appears as the Incredible Hulk on Colfax & Williams!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Seriously Old Photo of the Storage Castle

The Weicker Depository, at Colfax & Vine St., around the turn of the 20th Century. More about the history of the building can be found here.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

One Handed Man built State Capitol replica at the Capitol Court Motel

The front of this old unused linen postcard shows an outstanding small replica of the Colorado State Capitol. That great little "building" was there in the early 1950's because a lot of us "kids" saw it. (Hope it ended up moved safely to TINY TOWN) The Capitol Court Motel was located at "8650 West Colfax Ave." on the west side of Denver on U. S. Highway No. 40. (South side of Colfax).  I don't think the "capitol" was as big as it looks on this postcard. It seems like it was really only about 7 feet to the top of the flag. It may have been larger, it's been a few years, and I have been known to be wrong! But it really was OUTSTANDING.

And even better, the plans and all labor connected with construction of the building was done in one year's time, by a man with only one hand!


Friday, January 22, 2016

Retro Colfax: Green Pine Motel

The Green Pine Motel in the 1950s. It used to stand at 11700 West Colfax Avenue, but is now a parking lot.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Complete list of Colfax Motels in 1952

Business was booming for travelers and motels in Denver in 1952. Denver's twenty plus mile long "main street" is Colfax Ave, Highway 40 along it's entire length. Denver was a oasis after many miles of travel across the prairies from Kansas and through eastern Colorado. Listed below are the motels of the Denver area from East to West that served travelers at that time. Note the 1952 vintage rates listed for some locations. The * mark indicates motels still in existence today, though only a few would be appealing to today's vacation traveler. Colfax Avenue today is undergoing some revitalization and redevelopment so many of these old places are meeting the wrecking ball. This information was gathered from postcards, advertising and two Denver area visitor's guides (from my collection).

14837 East Colfax Miles Motel Aurora AU 087 5 Units - still standing 2005 as a "ghost"

14801 East Colfax Zaharias Half-Acre Motel & Trailer Park Aurora AU 0132 8 Units

13000 East Colfax Holiday Courts Aurora AU 0407 12 Units

12888 East Colfax Lor-Fen Motel Aurora AU 0397 10 Units

12590 East Colfax Combs Manor House Aurora AU 1627 5 Units

*12500 East Colfax Blue Spruce Motor Court Aurora AU 1112 21 Units

12200 East Colfax Fitzsimons Motor Court Aurora AU 396 34 Units

12099 East Colfax S.0.S. Motel Aurora AU 707 22 Units 1725


*12033 East Colfax Courtesy Motel Aurora AU 1121 12 Units

12030 East Colfax Royal Villa Motel Aurora AU 59 20 Units

11818 East Colfax Pines Motel Aurora AU 1046 5 Units

11760 East Colfax Av-May-Ken Motel Aurora AU 1194 9 Units

11707 East Colfax B & B Cottages Aurora AU 27 8units

11617 East Colfax All States Cottages Aurora AU 3957 14 Units

11611 East Colfax Travelers Motel Aurora AU 1187 9 Units

11607 East Colfax U. S. 40 Court Aurora AU 675 10 Units

11525 East Colfax San Diego Motel Aurora AU 94 14 Units

11450 East Colfax East Gate Motel Aurora AU 319 11 Units

11305 East Colfax Golden West Cabins Aurora AU 277 23 Units

*11220 East Colfax Ranger Motel Aurora AU 578 15 Units

*10998 East Colfax Kenton Motel & Apts. Aurora AU 79 10 Units

1463 Kenton St

*10950 East Colfax Radiant Motel Aurora AU 1183 11 Units

10910 East Colfax Skyline Motor Court Aurora AU 1120 13 Units

10810 East Colfax A & A Cottages Aurora AU 282 14 Units

10750 East Colfax Trav-O-Tel Aurora AU 528 12 Units

*10730 East Colfax K Motor Lodge Aurora AU 659 7 Units

10600 East Colfax Aurora Cottage Camp Aurora AU 244 11units

10400 East Colfax Sago Motel Aurora AU 1499 10 Units

10300 East Colfax 20th Century Motel Aurora AU 359 16 Units

*9201 East Colfax Jo-Ann Motel Aurora AU 174 12 Units

9200 East Colfax Cottonwood Motor Court Aurora AU 141 27 - Units~demolished summer 2004

9025 East Colfax Colfax Motor Court Aurora AU 237 16 Units

9010 East Colfax Avalon Motel Aurora AU 373 8 Units

*8787 East Colfax Lazy C Motor Lodge Denver DE 9827 17 Units

8701 East Colfax Rest Well Motel Denver FR 9792 8 Units

8675 East Colfax Union Pacific Motel Denver EA 1750 14 Units

*8600 East Colfax Brandin’ Iron Motor Lodge Denver FL 1613 28 Units

*8567 East Colfax Silver Spur Motel Denver DE 5596 12 Units

(Formerly Willow Motel)

8501 East Colfax San Luis Motor Court Denver FR 0902 9 Units

*8500 East Colfax Ahwahnee Motel & Lodge Denver EA 3234 32


*8415 East Colfax Sand & Sage Denver EA 9731 15 Units

*8339 East Colfax Airway Motel Denver DE 9919 10 Units

*6030 East Colfax Paragon Motel Denver DE 9970 16 Units

*4801 West Colfax Eddie Bonn’s Pig ‘N Whistle Village Denver CH

0341 Rates: $5-15~17 Units

5601 West Colfax Red Wing Motel Lakewood BE 3-9705 Rates: $5-10~21 Units

5637 West Colfax Rody’s Motel Lakewood BE 3-9706 Rates: $5-8~10 Units

*5799 West Colfax Westway Motel Lakewood BE 3-9155 Rates: $5-12~9 Units

*5830 West Colfax Sunset Village Motel Lakewood BE 3-4601 Rates:$6-12.50~24 Units

*6001 West Colfax Rocky Mountain Lodge Lakewood BE 3-9795 Rates: $5 Up~14 Units

*6060 West Colfax White Swan Court Lakewood BE 3-9833 Rates: $5-10~18 Units

6099 West Colfax Bob’s Camp Lakewood BE 3-9856 1526 Ingalls St. Rates: $3.50-7~13 Units

6560 West Colfax El Rancho Motel Lakewood BE 3-9993 Rates: $5-15~11 Units

6900 West Colfax Chieka Court Lakewood BE 3-9818 Rates: $4-8~14 Units

7013 West Colfax King’s Rest Motel Lakewood BE 3-3337 Rates:


7030 West Colfax Lido Motel Lakewood BE 3-9748 ~13 Units

7445 West Colfax Blue Bow Cabins Lakewood BE 3-9761 Rates: $3.50-8~29 Units

7862 West Colfax Lloyds Of Lakewood Lakewood BE 3-4529 Rates: $5- 10~12 Units

7990 West Colfax Montview Court Lakewood BE 3-9785 Rates: $4-9~17 Units

8150 West Colfax Top Notch Motel Lakewood BE 3-4533 Rates: $5

Up~10 Units

8201 West Colfax El Rey Lodge Lakewood BE 3-9814 Rates: $6

Up~10 Units

8224 West Colfax Bruce Auto Court Lakewood BE 3-3477 Rates:

$3-7~10 Units

*8315 West Colfax Lakewood Motel Lakewood BE 3-9801 Rates:

$7-15~22 Units

8635 West Colfax Boggio’s Mount Crest Motel Lakewood BE 3-3717


8650 West Colfax Capitol Auto Court Lakewood BE 3-1242 Rates:

$6-10~10 Units

8700 West Colfax El Ricardo Motel Lakewood BE 3-9773

Rates:$5-12~14 Units

8803 West Colfax Alpine Motel Lakewood BE 3-3223 Rates: $6-8~8


*9025 West Colfax Trails’ End Motel Lakewood BE 3-9935 Rates:

$7-8~8 Units

9201 West Colfax Park-O-Tel Lakewood BE 3-9745 Rates: $6 Up~16


9501 West Colfax Colfax Motel Lakewood BE 3-2392 Rates:

$5-12~11 Units

9595 West Colfax Siesta Motel Lakewood BE 3-4091 Rates:

$6-12~5 Units

9700 West Colfax Estes Motel Lakewood BE 3-5297 Rates: $4-8~6


9988 West Colfax Monterey Lodge Lakewood BE 3-9868 Rates:

$5-12~12 Units

10140 West Colfax Idlewild Motel Lakewood BE 3-9826 Rates: $6

Up~16 Units

10210 West Colfax Hi-Way Motel Lakewood BE 3-6541

Rates:$5-18~33 Units

11005 West Colfax Rip Van Winkle’s Motel Lakewood BE 3-9787

Rates: $5-10~13 Units

11090 West Colfax Foot Of The Rockies Motel Lakewood BE 3-1904

Rates: $4-9~10 Units

11193 West Colfax Cozy B Motel & Trailer Villa Lakewood BE

3-1220 Rates: $4-9~6 Units

11611 West Colfax Travis Motor Lodge Lakewood BE 3-9837 Rates:

$4-9~12 Units

11700 West Colfax Green Pine Motel Lakewood BE 3-1910

Rates:$4-10~23 Units

11701 West Colfax El Jay Motel Lakewood BE 3-2754 Rates: $6~4


(list courtesy Walt Hackney)

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Happy 125 Years, Aurora, Colorado!

This year is Aurora's 125th birthday. To celebrate, here is a 1975 aerial view of Aurora, Colorado.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Retro Colfax: Colorado Visitors Bureau

 The mod Colorado Visitor's Bureau building is still there, on Colfax behind the Webb building. (courtesy The Denver Eye)

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Rastafari Fine Art Studio

Don't look for it now, it's long gone, but here are some photos I took when I dropped by for a visit a few years ago...the Rastafari Fine Art Studio at 2826 East Colfax Avenue.

Photos by Jonny B.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Nading-Presley Memorial Gym

Happy Birthday Elvis from all your fans in Denver! Elvis provided the funds to build a gym for the Denver Police Dept. after officer Merle Nading was slain on Colfax Avenue. This plaque used to hang on the wall. (photo by Jonny B). Here is Elvis in his Denver Police uniform:

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Poem: Live Art of Colfax by jennifer jas

Live Art on Colfax

On a corner
of the longest street
he stands
live art
in an old jacket
one foot resting
on a wall
in a cloud
of smoke and
rock and roll
an old soul
under the moon 
watching over

- jennifer jas

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Colfax Proposal at the Holiday Chalet B&B!

at The Holiday Chalet B&B

Love is in the air: Holiday Chalet guests Michelle Reeder and Brian Gent were officially engaged to be married when Brian proposed to Michelle at our B&B on New Year's Eve! We couldn't be more thrilled to hear of their joyous news. Congratulations, Michelle and Brian!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Vintage #Colfax: The Doll House

The Doll House, at 5637 W. Colfax, has been scrambling eggs since 1954, the year Elvis released his first record. Today it's the Hits the Spot Diner, and man do they have a killer Greek Omelette!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Pure Poetry: East Colfax by Taryn Browne

East Colfax
by Taryn Browne

Low riders riding on the hips of their mothers
Shoulders bustling out of straps
The borders of this town are squeezed
between tattooed arms and dancing poles
The streets are in bloom with neon lights
like cheap fake flowers bedded down
in crooked sidewalks
advertising weekly rates for rooms
with free adult movies
and written on walls the spray painted language of the streets
jagged letters written in a hurry to issue warnings
of where you are and where you should not be
if you are of another gang, another neighborhood.
Rocks roll in women’s hands as they stand on street corners
The smoke moves up and down the street sweetly
into lungs for mere pocket change
This is the street of the destitute and the prostitute
A strip of pavement that unravels through the night
under any moon in any season
where what you should not be looking for can be found
Liquor stores hang out on each corner
flickering beer lights in darkened windows
People of all nations walk this street
People of all nations live along its corridor
carving out their culture in a collage of living
The Bantu, the Ethiopian, the Middle Eastern,
the Mexican, the Dominican
And I too live off its strip
the longest street in America,
close to the beating heart of a city.

Friday, January 1, 2016