Sunday, December 31, 2017

Voorhies Memorial, 1929

"Happy New Year" on Voorhies Memorial - 1929, from the Western History and Genealogy Dept., Denver Public Library

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Friday, December 29, 2017

Rocky Mountain News

The Rocky Mountain News shortly after moving into the Colfax and Delaware location in 1952. (Rocky Mtn. News photo / courtesy Virginia Lee)

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Venus Lounge

Early '60's ad for the Venus Lounge on East Colfax. (Virginia Lee collection)

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

New Public Art Mural on Colfax

New Mural on Colfax Avenue! Tom Ward painted this amazing mural on the Tommy's Thai building, at 3410 E. Colfax Avenue in Denver. Tommy's has served authentic, family owned and operated Thai food in Denver for over 20 years.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Original Aurora, 1972

Snowed in along the 9900 block of E. Colfax Avenue in 1972. (from Aurora History Museum Photographic Collection)

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Day Chevrolet

A '70's night time look down E. Colfax featuring Day Chevrolet once at 9530 E. Colfax. (from Aurora History Museum Photographic collection)

Friday, December 22, 2017

Red Door Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge

     In 1956, the handsome Red Door Restaurant opened at 10300 W. Colfax Avenue, to serve, under Chef Johnnie Webb's direction, food in keeping with the atmosphere.

     The Red Door architecture is unusual in that it is one huge room with the rich dark-mahogany bar--presided over by Restaurant Manager Fred Ehelen, who doubles as head bartender--which stretches across the center of the room, acting as a partition separating cocktail lounge from main dining area. The color scheme throughout is green, off-white, and beige, with the lounge section sporting bright Kelly-green frieze booths arranged in three tiers. Sand-blasted pine-board walls are painted a soft green, and wall-to-wall carpeting is maroon with huge green and beige leaves. Tables in the dining area are mahogany to match the bar and lounge table tops, while dining-room chairs have wrought iron bases with seats and back padded in pinkish beige streaked interestingly with charcoal grey. A dance floor and entertainment stage complete the attractive restaurant of this very superior motel, where children and adults alike are guaranteed a wonderful stay.

Reprinted from the Pacific Coast Record, April 1956

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Copas Family Drive-In

Known for their foot-long hot dogs, this is a 1948 image of the Copas Family Drive-In at W. Colfax and about Kipling. (from Dino's Restaurant photo collection)

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Monday, December 18, 2017

Ike's Tree

If a President’s Tree isn’t safe from redevelopment, I don’t know what is!! Ike’s Tree at Fitzsimons Golf Course is almost 100 years old and is slated for demolition. (Photo by Jonny B.)
 

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Lingo the Drifter

When ex-football player and bar owner Sam Sugarman re-christened his bar "Sugie's" as the Satire Lounge, Sugie put in a tiny stage and hired a guy called Lingo the Drifter to take over the club and play there. Lingo, an ex-businessman from Chicago who had dropped out, grown a beard and lived out of the back of a pickup truck, did a folksy Burl Ives/Pete Seeger type show that clicked with the local crowd.

Lingo died in 1993, and left a most amazing, Colfax worthy obituary:

Rocky Mountain News (CO) - May 26, 1993
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T.D. LINGO, BRAIN RESEARCHER, FOUND DEAD

T.D. Lingo, who was sure he knew the answers to all the questions of life and those by Groucho Marx, died of acute heart failure about May 13 on his mountain near Black Hawk, the Gilpin County coroner said Tuesday. He was 68.
Mr. Lingo spent 36 years at the Dormant Brain Research and Development Laboratory on Laughing Coyote Mountain trying to prove that people use only 10% of their brains, while he had discovered how to use 100%. He said his ability enabled him to communicate with other species, experience extrasensory perception and have four-hour multiple orgasms. Until his death, he still was waiting for the public to accept the book he had written, with chapters such as "Quick / Easy Neurology" and "Quick-Fix Nirvana."
"It's going to be a national best-seller," he said in an interview in 1991.
Mr. Lingo grew up as Paul Lezchuk in Chicago, fought in World War II and
went to the University of Chicago. He renamed himself Theocharis Docha Anthropotis Lingo, which he said means "the love of God and the spirit of mankind." He became Lingo the Drifter, a folk singer with three chords and nine songs.
In 1957, he appeared on Groucho Marx's television quiz show You Bet Your Life and won $16,000. He cashed the check into bills that filled two shopping bags. He gave one to the Internal Revenue Service. He bought Laughing Coyote Mountain with the other, and he said he discovered how to "click" the brain into 100% consciousness. Most of his theories are contradicted by generally accepted theories of science, which only proved his point, he said.
He kept the brain of his former professor at the University of Chicago in a glass specimen jar in a storage building. He lived on vegetables and vodka. He went to Black Hawk once a month to pick up groceries and his mail.
"Someday, people are going to look at my work, comprehend what it means to lick the cosmic lollipop instead of just living out their chow-mein brained lives," he said. "It might not happen in my time, but someday somebody is going to stumble across what I did here and say, 'That guy wasn't crazy after all.' "
A visitor found him May 15. He is survived by his brother, Bill Lezchuk of California.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Let Us Have Peace

Thomas Nast was an ardent supporter of Republican Ulysses S. Grant's Presidential run in 1868. Here he portrays Grant & VP candidate Schuyler Colfax hanging banners that explain the meaning of "Let Us Have Peace," Grant's official campaign slogan.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

#SeenOnColfax Mike Watt!


Last night's show at the Lion's Lair with the legendary Mike Watt! He gave a brilliant performance for this show, it was his Mother's Birthday after all!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Friday, December 8, 2017

Squire Market

The old sign for the Squire Market, on Glencoe Street and Colfax Avenue, as it was being torn down. (photo courtesy Erick Roorda)

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Colfax Avenue Walk of Fame and Museum: T.J. Miller

East High School Grad T.J. Miller, you are hereby inducted into the Colfax Avenue Walk of Fame and Museum. Not so much for your acting, but more for having survived a weekend at the Holiday Chalet with your wedding party.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

West Colfax Overpass

Aerial View of Denver Looking East. Featuring the magnificent Valley Highway, and the famous West Colfax Overpass, 1960s.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Mat Kearney coming to the Fillmore Auditorium, March 3, 2018


MAT KEARNEY
Fillmore Auditorium
Saturday, March 3
Showtime 8:00 pm / Doors 7:00 pm


  Mat Kearney Announces 2018 Album Title CRAZYTALK with News of the “CRAZYTALK TOUR” Kicking-Off February 19th in the Pacific Northwest
Kearney Dropped New Single “Better Than I Used to Be” November 10th via Caroline

Mat Kearney is excited to reveal the title of his forthcoming new album – CRAZYTALK – today with news of a 2018 US headlining tour that has Andrew Belle as main support. The “CRAZYTALK TOUR” is a two-month long run that kicks off the third week of February in the Pacific Northwest before wrapping in the Southwest with three Texas shows. Pre-sales are November 29th and 30th with the official on-sale date December 1st. 
News of the 2018 tour comes on the heels of Kearney releasing new single “Better Than I Used to Be” via his new partnership with Caroline.  The song, which is a collaboration between Mat and electronic producer AFSHeeN (GalantisSelena GomezMadonna), is the first song to be released from Kearney’s forthcoming album CRAZYTALK and his first new music since 2015’s Just Kids. “Better Than I Used to Be” has already racked up nearly 500K plays on Spotify where it hit #27 on the Viral 50 Chart and CRAZYTALK is poised to be Kearney’s best album yet. 
Mat Kearney is no stranger to the road and over the years has joined NEEDTOBREATHE for their annual “Tour de Compadres” and has shared the stage with John MayerKelly ClarksonTrain and Florence and the Machine among others. Kearney is excited to hit the road in 2018 with a new label partner as well as new management. At the end of 2016 Kearney signed with Big Loud Management (Florida Georgia LineChris Lane) who just announced a merger with Maverick last week. While Maverick is excited to expand their Nashville footprint, Big Loud is looking to enhance the careers of Kearney and their other non-country artists. 
Check www.matkearney.com for the most up-to-date information on the new album. 

TICKETS WENT ON SALE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1 @ 10:00 AM
at the Fillmore Auditorium Box Office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or call 800 – 745 – 3000.   
Tickets are $29.75 GA ADV and $35.00 GA DOS plus applicable service charges.  
THIS SHOW IS AGES 16+
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Sue Marcus – sue@stuntcompany.com / Lindsay Bailey - lindsay@stuntcompany.com

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Winning Coiffures

Rosalyn Redwine, a Colorado native, has owned and operated Winning Coiffures at 6115 E. Colfax Avenue since Oct. 22, 1979. Here's a photo celebrating their 10th Anniversary in business back in 1989.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Get Drunk with Scrooge this Holiday Season

Audcious & Fiction Beer Company Host “Drunk Christmas”

This year a local theatre company is putting a boozy spin on everybody’s favorite Christmas tale. Join the drunken cast for a beer at Fiction Beer Company as they teach Scrooge a lesson about Christmas and all its “spirits”. Drunk Christmas will be a shortened version of Charles Dicken’s classic, and is part of Audacious Theatre’s holiday fundraiser. The festive evening will include raffles, baked goods, and Christmas Karaoke.  

This production is directed by Bethany Richardson, and the cast includes Logan Custer, Joey Laughlin, Ren Manley, Dylan Nevergall, Andrew Norman & Elizabeth Porter.

Audacious Theatre is a new performance group that seeks to create innovative and immersive theatrical events that engage all of the senses.

Drunk Christmas will only perform for 2-nights at Fiction Beer Company at 7101 E Colfax Ave Dec. 15 & 16  at 8:00 p.m.  Limited reserved seating is available for $15 and pay-what-you-can admission is available first come, first served. For tickets and more information, visit www.audacioustheatre.com.

Audacious Theatre presents
Drunk Christmas
It’s Dickens. Drunk.
Dec. 15-16 @ 8:00 p.m.
Fiction Beer Company, 7101 E Colfax Ave, Denver
Tickets $0-$15
Baked Goods & Beer available. All ages, must be 21+ to drink

Friday, December 1, 2017

Miss Colfax December 2017 - Amanda Partridge

Miss Colfax December 2017, Amanda Partridge, is a big fan of Frank Sinatra, so I knew right where to take her on Colfax Avenue: the mid-century wonder that is Bastien's Restaurant. She is also the founder of a fun event raising money for a great cause: Redheads Unite! Photos by Jonny Barber, on his iPhone 6.

Founded in 1937, Bastien's is celebrating 80 years in business this year! 














Thursday, November 30, 2017

Letters to the Editor

Hey Jonny,

I saw the article in the LA Times today, and it reminded me of a story.

My mom, Betty Cohen, was born in Denver 1907 and lived with her parents at 2704 Marion St. After her parents divorced, she lived for a time at the Clifton Hughes Training School for Girls, which I tried to find on a visit last summer, but it's now a park.

She described "Clifton" as a Methodist boarding school, which must have influenced her theology a bit!

She said she used to pray that if her parents got back together, she would "go down to Colfax and convert all the Jews."

Thanks for your great work.

Don't Agonize — Organize!

Alan Weiner


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Colfax Avenue Walk of Fame: Bill Frisell

Today we are inducting legendary guitarist/East High graduate Bill Frisell into the Colfax Avenue Walk of Fame and Museum, and this poster is going on the wall. My favorite work of his was with the Ginger Baker Trio. One of their albums was called "Falling Off the Roof", and I was actually at Ginger Baker's house when he fell off the roof.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception

The Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, taken soon after construction was completed. (Louis Charles McClure/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/MCC-1920)

Monday, November 27, 2017

The Story of Modern East Denver by Phil Goodstein



Phil Goodstein, The Story of Modern East Denver: Magnificent Mayfair, Beautiful Bellevue, Hale, Hilltop, Hospitals.  Denver: New Social Publications, 2017.  ISBN 0–9860748–3–7.  vi + 474 pp.  Illustrations.  Index.  $24.95.

Nobody has written more about Colfax than Phil Goodstein.  In such volumes as the Ghosts of Denver, The Denver Civic Center, and North Side Story, he has looked at the character of the road between Colorado Boulevard west to the city limits at Sheridan Boulevard.  His Park Hill Promise covers the north side of the street from Colorado Boulevard to Syracuse Street.  Now he has added to this by focusing on the south side of Colfax between Colorado Boulevard and Monaco Street Parkway in The Story of Modern East Denver: Magnificent Mayfair, Beautiful Bellevue, Hale, Hilltop, Hospitals.

When residential development started to emerge east of Colorado Boulevard near Colfax in the 1880s, Colfax was still something of a rural road.  A branch of the Mayfair Ditch ran along it, eventually draining into City Park.  Efforts soon saw the extension of streetcar lines east of York Street.  Businesses popped up on the boulevard near substantial houses.  In 1902, the Denver Orphans’ Home occupied its new premises at the northwest corner of Colfax Avenue and Albion Street.  For a while, it had a school of its own, Albion Street, across the road at the northeast corner of the intersections.

In the course of the mid-20th century, Colfax east of Colorado Boulevard was an exemplar of middle-class retail.  Some stores, such as the Dolly Madison at Colfax Avenue and Forest Street and the nearby Colfax Radio & Appliance at 5128 Colfax Avenue were crucial parts of the city’s business scene.  The Mayfair Shopping Center at 14th Avenue and Krameria Street, opened in 1951, was once the city’s busiest shopping center.  It blended it with stores on Colfax.  Among them was the city’s leading toy store, Guys and Dolls, at the southeast corner of Krameria Street next to a Walgreens.

During much of the 20th century, Colfax was a premier automobile-oriented boulevard.  Not only were there numerous filling stations along the road, but such new car dealers as Empire Olds, Seifert Pontiac, and Deane Buick were on the arterial.  So were car washes, body shops, car rental agencies, and tire dealerships.  As The Story of Modern East Denver notes, such businesses are still part of the fabric of Colfax.

Business improvement and leadership has been another Colfax theme.  In the mid-20th century, the East Denver Civic Association claimed ownership of the strip.  Then, in the 1980s, groups such as Colfax United and Colfax to the Limits emerged, seeking to forge business partnerships to improve the image of the famed arterial.  The 21st century, as the volume observes, has been marked by the formation of the Fax Partnership and the Colfax–Mayfair Business Improvement District.

This is but the beginning of the volume’s wide-ranging emphasis on Colfax.  Included is the time when stripper joints invaded the road in the 1970s, followed by used bookstores in the 1980s.  The Story of Modern East Denver highlights both achievements and failures.  Not only does it address the people who have lived nearby, but it is a balanced measure of what Colfax has been all about.  Anybody interested in the road will want to read it.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Cahoots - Legend of the Parlangua


Cahoots was a house band in Aurora Colorado in the mid-eighties. They played at a historic country music club called Four Seasons. The band was fronted by Lloyd Barnett, an talented songwriter and performer. His wife Annie backed him on vocals and did lead on several songs.

The Cahoots band was comprised of Lloyd Barnett (bass, vocals and wrote most of the songs), Ann Marie Barnette (his wife and singer), Willy Angel (lead guitar), Mac Eisensohn (drums), Vaughn Meyer (keyboards) and a few others. The group broke up after recording the Legend of the Parlanqua.

Many people confuse this band with other similarly named groups. This is not the group named IN CAHOOTS based in England. Also, it is not the Cajun band named The Cahoots. (Legend of the Parlangua song was released in the 1983. The cajun band "Cahoots" didn't get together until 1997.)

Because the lyrics of the Legend of the Parlangua deal with the theme of the Louisiana Swamps, many people think it was recorded by a Cajun band. However, it was actually recorded by a Colorado based band.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Aurora Pharmacy/Distillery

Another Classic Colfax story! Gustin was only a doctor at the Aurora Pharmacy on East Colfax and Dayton Street for a year, before being arrested for selling whiskey and leaving town. (Photo courtesy the Colfax Museum)

Friday, November 24, 2017