Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The King is Gone

(Photo by Jonny B.)

40 Years Ago today The King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Aron Presley, was found dead at his home in Memphis, Tennessee. Not only has Elvis left the building, and his body, but this mural on Colfax Avenue paying tribute to the music legend is also now gone. Anybody remember where it was? I do, but then again, I took the picture...

Monday, August 14, 2017

Hattie McDaniel, first African American to win an Academy Award

The very first African American to win an Academy Award went to East High School on Colfax Avenue. Recently saw Hattie McDaniel's star on Hollywood Blvd. for her work in radio and her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Saturday, August 12, 2017

The Lights of Colfax

Denver realtor Nellie Harris-Cassel recently posted this photo on her Instagram page of some old city lights from Colfax Avenue back in the day that ended up in her yard after some civic improvements were made. Now that the "civic improvements" are done, can we somehow put these cool lights back on Colfax? Or even better, can I just come over for tea?

Friday, August 11, 2017

O'Meara Ford

Grandpa bought his 1954 Ford 2-door brand new at O'Meara Ford, 1001 W. Colfax Avenue in Denver, CO. They even sent him this postcard as a thank you!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Carnival & Peace Jubilee Celebration, 1898

This is a great historical Colorado Souvenir: Medal is embossed 4th Annual Carnival & Peace Jubilee Celebration, Denver Colo, 1898. Colorado had an annual festival that started in 1894 called the Festival of Mountain and Plain, that ran from 1894 - 1899, skipped 1900, started again in 1901 and ran on and off until 1912. beginning in 1899 and through 1902 it also held the Colorado State Fair celebration. The Festival was revived in the late 1970's and still is celebrated today under the name The Taste of Colorado. In 1898, the Carnival & Peace Jubilee Celebration ran concurrently with the Festival, although this medal does not say Festival of Mountain & Plain, it is the same celebration. Embossed in the center of the Medal is the Farmer meets with the Miner - the symbol of the Festival.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Trolley Coach, 1950

Hard to believe that the old Denver Streetcar Trolleys were replaced with these in 1950... They just don't have quite the same sex appeal, do they?

Friday, August 4, 2017

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Colfax Ave's New Look by Arthouse Design

Join ArtHouse Design at community event to celebrate Colfax Avenue

DENVER, Colo.—Colfax Avenue is looking brighter, and people are taking notice. Find out what all the buzz is about at Art-i-Fax, a local street party and art fair at the intersection of Colfax and Park Avenues, on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ArtHouse Design, the Denver design agency responsible for Colfax’s brand identity package, including logos, icons, a responsive website and street banners, invites Denver residents and visitors to come for the free koozies—and stay for the live music, local art, street food and cold beer.

ArtHouse’s municipal branding for Colfax, a bustling street often associated with a colorful past, is part of a greater effort led by the Colfax Ave Business Improvement District (Colfax Ave BID) to enhance safety guides, respect the historic nature of the street and improve the pedestrian experience, while keeping Denver’s independent and original street thriving. Through the brand, residents, visitors and businesses can show their pride in the diverse neighborhood.

“We’re respectfully toeing the line between legacy and progress to redefine development in Denver,” said ArtHouse Senior Designer Zach Kotel. “Rather than ‘out with the old, in with the new’, our community-oriented designs are helping to revitalize a historic area that is known for being unapologetically gritty to maintain a more local, authentic feel compared to other changing Denver neighborhoods.”

Inspired by Colfax’s unique view from east to west—Playboy dubbed Colfax “the longest, wickedest street in America”—the vibrant color scheme represents the spectrum of hues that can be seen while walking down the street at sunrise and sunset. And the typography evokes images of iconic neon signs that continue to line the eclectic thoroughfare.

“We build a lot of brands that have to be grown up, but this identity is spunky and spirited, just like Colfax,” said ArtHouse Principal and Creative Director Marty Gregg. “It subscribes to all the rules of a successful brand, but we’ve kept the uncompromised verve it had during its first inception and people are noticeably connecting with it.”

Colfax Ave BID hit a snag in June when its funding from Denver City Council’s 2017 General Obligation (GO) Bond was drastically reduced. But the community showed its love for Colfax by appealing to the Denver City Council, and Mayor Hancock announced reinstatement of the funds in July, pending City Council review, as well as a public vote in November.

To show their support, ArtHouse is the leading sponsor for Art-i-Fax, donating design and event marketing services to Colfax Ave BID. “Our in-kind donation is an investment in a community we love,” said Gregg. “We’ve had two offices along the corridor, one of which was across the street from a firehouse. Client meetings used to get interrupted by sirens that made us feel like trucks were tearing through the room.”

Colfax has a nostalgic effect like this on just about everyone who has lived in or visited Denver, conjuring up stories of fun, excitement and sometimes trouble. With this in mind, ArtHouse also designed a branded collection of swag, including stickers, t-shirts, posters and tote bags, that people can buy. With a variety of logos and colors to choose from, they can unite with Colfax yet express themselves individually.

“With guerrilla marketing, we’re hoping to attract more intrigue, development and investment along the corridor,” said Kotel. “The main idea is that all are welcome on Colfax, from its old, seedy lounges to its hip, crowded patios, and together, we can make the community an even better place to live, work and play for decades to come.”

ArtHouse has won numerous industry and civic awards from Graphis, ASLA, HOW, GDUSA and the City of Denver for its work on other municipal brand identity packages, such as Denver’s 14thStreet and Mother of the Nation Park in Abu Dhabi, Dubai.

Source: TheWritten Effect, 720.989.1912

About ArtHouse Design
ArtHouse Design is a Denver-based, full-service design agency devoted to the creation of beautiful, thoughtful design. Nimble and versatile, ArtHouse has a wide range of expertise, from wayfinding and signage to branding and logos, from print and packaging to digital and web. Specializing in designing and shaping user-friendly, built environments, ArtHouse leads the experiential and environmental graphic design industry in art direction for architecture and interior design. Principal and Creative Director Marty Gregg actively leads in the design community, serving as vice president for development at AIGA Colorado and president of the Community College of Denver's design advisory board. Gregg is also a member of the advisory board to Colorado State University’s design department, serves on the Mayor’s Committee on Vital Signs for the City and County of Denver, and engages in speaking events across the country. At ArtHouse, Gregg leads a team of designers who creatively develop, enhance and reinvigorate brands while communicating their clients’ visions and goals. Maintaining the highest standards for both their work and relationships with clients, ArtHouse designers are constantly endeavoring to share their passion for design and to make it an enjoyable and fulfilling process along the way. For more, visit ArtHouse’s onlinenewsroom and blog and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

About Colfax Ave Business Improvement District
The Colfax Ave Business Improvement District (BID), which encompasses Colfax Avenue from Grant to Columbine and 14th to 16th Streets in the Capitol Hill/Uptown neighborhoods of Denver, Colo., exists to promote economic vitality and advocate on behalf of area businesses. A self-taxing, quasi-government entity formed in 1989, BID has overseen improved street maintenance and installation of HALO cameras and historic streetlights, as well as created local events such as the Victorian Holiday House Tour and Root 40 Music Fest. For more, visit BID’s online newsroom and follow them on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook.

Media Contact
Mindy Viering, Writer, Editor and PR Specialist
(call/text) 720.989.1912,

To download high-resolution photos, visit ArtHouse Design's online newsroom.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

West Colfax MuralFest 2017

West Colfax MuralFest
Saturday August 12th from 11am-6pm
Lamar Station Plaza (home of Casa Bonita)
6715 W. Colfax Avenue, Lakewood, CO

Join us for the 3rd annual West Colfax MuralFest, a celebration of the arts in all forms. This free one-day festival will feature live mural painting by nationally renowned artists, live music, food trucks, a beer garden, art vendors, art-making activities for kids & families, pop-up performances, free mural tours in an open-air trolley, and much more. Come over to Lamar Station Plaza on Saturday August 12th between 11am-6pm for this incredible event and support your local art scene.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Guitar Legend Dick Dale at the Bluebird Theater

Photo by Bill E. Guerriero
The beautiful Bluebird Theater sign on East Colfax Avenue with a special name on the marque!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Scatterday's Lumber Yard

Photo by Jonny B.
Scatterday's Lumber may have left the building, but their beautiful sign still remains on #WestColfax at 9607 West Colfax Avenue.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Apple Tree Shanty Barbecue Sauce Recipe

The APPLE TREE SHANTY is a restaurant that was situated at 8710 E. Colfax Avenue in Denver, Colorado.  The restaurant opened in 1949 and closed in the 1990s.

Here is the recipe for the Apple Tree Shanty Barbecue Sauce:

  • 1 small  onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 12cup  raisins
  • 1 cup  ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons  vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon  dry mustard
  • 23cup  butter, at room temperature
  • 12teaspoon  basil
  • 14teaspoon  tarragon
  • 14teaspoon  rosemary
  • 14teaspoon  thyme
  • 23teaspoon  marjoram
  • 3 tablespoons  brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon  salt
  • 14teaspoon  fresh ground black pepper
  • 12cup  lemon juice
  • 12cup  red wine (optional)
  • In a food processor, grind onion, garlic and raisins very fine. 
  • In a saucepan, combine ground ingredients with ketchup, vinegar, mustard, butter, basil, tarragon, rosemary, thyme, marjoram, monosodium glutamate, brown sugar, salt, pepper and lemon juice. 
  • Bring contents to a boil, stirring often. 
  • Simmer for 45 minutes, stirring frequently. Add wine, if using, and simmer for 15-20 minutes more.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Lakewood Grill, 1951

This postcard was recently added to the Colfax Museum collection...the Lakewood Grill, in 1951. So cool the Lakewood Grill is still around today!

Friday, July 28, 2017

KOA Tower

The old KOA tower, out on East Colfax Avenue and Tower Road, was the tallest radio tower in the country at the time.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Mammoth Garden Sign Scrapped?

From Rocky Mountain News article dated October 3, 1966, this photo shows the sign from the Mammoth Garden being taken down. Not sure what ever became of the sign, I'm just hoping it wasn't sold for scrap! Today it's the Fillmore Auditorium. (courtesy Colfax Jack)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Fountain Inn Motor Hotel

Today it's known as the All Inn, and once was the home of the now legendary Rockbar. (3015 E. Colfax Avenue)

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Shops at Colfax & Quebec, 1950

Photo courtesy Thomas J. Noel
Denver Tramway streetcar #816 leaving the Poplar Street Loop Station.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Monaco Parkway at Colfax, 1911

Photo courtesy Denver Library Western History Collection
Looking north along Monaco Parkway at Colfax - October 1911. The house at the middle of the photo is 1585 Monaco Pkwy, which was built around 1907.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Colfax and Oneida, 1910

Photo courtesy Denver Public Library Western History Collection
Street grading at Colfax and Oneida, in Montclair. The three houses in the background are (left to right): 6701 E Colfax (and it's carriage house), 1521 Niagara, and 1551 Niagara. The first house was torn down and replaced with the Niagara House Motel, but the other two still exist.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Streetcar #838 - Poplar Street Loop

Courtesy the Denver Public Library Western History Collection
A photo of streetcar #838, which had just turned out of the Poplar Street Loop, westbound onto East Colfax Avenue. Unfortunately the shops in the background, including Loop Drugs, (between Poplar and Quebec on the north side of Colfax), were leveled years ago. The shops between Poplar and Quebec on the south side of Colfax still remain, although in rough shape.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery

Photo by Colfax Jack
The food is as good as this photo! Casual stop featuring house-prepared meats, salads, soups & sandwiches, plus beer & wine. The Chop Shop is at 4990 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80220.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Miss Colfax - Vanessa Heart by Ivy Lynn Allen

Photos by Ivy Lynn Allen

Photos of the lovely Miss Colfax, Vanessa Heart, as shot by the amazing Ivy Lynn Allen at the Southside Bar & Kitchen / Hidden Idol Tiki Lounge, 3014 E. Colfax Avenue.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Ministry & Death Grips / Fillmore Auditorium / October 29

Announce Their 2017 U.S.
Co-Headlining Tour With
Fillmore Auditorium
October 29
Showtime 8:00 pm / Doors 7:00 pm


American Industrial Metal Juggernaut MINISTRY led by Al Jourgensen have announced a co-headlining U.S. tour with experimental rap trio DEATH GRIPS. The tour kicks off at The Palladium in Worcester, MA on October 13 and will hit conclude on November 11th at Gas Monkey Live in Dallas, TX.

MINISTRY will release their 14th album, AmeriKKKant, this fall. It is the follow-up to 2013’s From Beer to Eternity. Check out the promo video as well as pre-order your copy of the album on

For decades, the powerhouse of psychotic sound that is MINISTRY has overcome millions with releases such as FILTH PIG, THE MIND IS A TERRIBLE THING TO TASTE, PSALM 69, FROM BEER TO ETERNITY, and a flood of others. Since the 80s, founder Al Jourgensen, has been combining elements of synth pop, punk, metal and even dub in a way that is instantly recognizable and has influenced many other bands.

With timeless classics such as “Just One Fix,” “Thieves,” and “Jesus Built My Hotrod,MINISTRY are one of a kind musical pioneers. With six Grammy nominations to date, over 3 million records sold and more than 2,000 live performances, MINISTRY has been contributing to the music industry for over three decades.

In the wake of the latest release, it’s time to reciprocate the dedication shown by our sincere and diehard fans. AmeriKKKant is MINISTRY’s 14th studio album and most revolutionary album to date. We want to bring you front and center to witness the madness unfold.

Al Jourgensen | Vocals
John Bechtel | Keyboard
Sin Quirin | Guitar
Cesar Soto | Guitar
Jason Christopher | Bass
Thomas Holtgreve | Drums

Jourgensen enlisted experimental west coast rap trio Death Grips to join him on the tour.  Earlier this year, Death Grips side project the I.L.Y’s (the duo featuring Zach Hill and Andy Morin) released a new album Bodyguard. Death Grips recently released a new 22-minute song called “Steroids (Crouching Tiger Hidden Gabber Megamix),” and said they were working on their next album. Their most recent LP, Bottomless Pit, arrived last year.

at the Fillmore Auditorium Box Office, online at or call 800-745-3000.   

A $25.00 early bird ticket will be available at on-sale while supplies last.

Tickets are $36.50 GA ADV and $40.00 GA DOS plus applicable service charges.            

For Private Box seating and other VIP ticket option information, please call (303) 837-1024. 


Monday, July 17, 2017

Glisan Manor Motel

Courtesy the Colfax Museum
The Glisan Manor Motel, 11800 E. Colfax Avenue, in 1961. Today it's the King's Rest Motel.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sand & Sage Motel

The Sand & Sage Motel, shown here in the 1960's, is still around today at 8415 E. Colfax Avenue.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Colfax Camel

The now infamous Colfax Camel, one seen giving rides in front of the Grand China Fine Chinese Restaurant at 2200 East Colfax Avenue.

Monday, July 10, 2017

It's the Steeple, People!

Photo courtesy Jonny Barber
If you ever wondered how they got the steeple in place, now you know!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Thought for the Day

Nothing like a little Colfax motivation...Ditch the Pump, Tone Your Rump!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Colfax-Larimer Viaduct

Courtesy Denver Public Library Western History Collection
The Colfax-Larimer viaduct was constructed in 1917 and at the time, it was the longest concrete viaduct in the world. This viaduct helped connect West Colfax with downtown Denver. Here it is shown while still under construction.

Jonny Barber on Colorado Matters / CPR Radio

How Elvis' "In The Ghetto" once helped 's Jonny Barber out of a sticky situation on the iconic street. Hear the interview on Colorado Public Radio!

Friday, July 7, 2017

1st Friday in July on West Colfax

 So Much Happening on 1st Friday in July on West Colfax!

Come see us this Friday, July 7th (we're kicking things off at 5pm) and celebrate the arts along the West Colfax corridor. Remember, when you buy local artwork, you're supporting small business.

  • CONTEMPORARY STILL LIFE OPENING | 40W Gallery, 1560 Teller St. 
  • LIVE MUSIC BY THE CLAWHAMMER BAND AT 6:45PM | Momentum Park, 6501 W. Colfax 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Phil Goodstein Tours and Talks / July-September 2017

Phil Goodstein

July-September 2017
Phil Goodstein Tours and Talks

Thursday, July 6:  Quality Hill, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Meet the Zang Mansion, 709 Clarkson Street.  (Clarkson Street is eight blocks east of Broadway and four blocks west of Downing Street.)  The cost is $20.00.  A copy of this schedule is at  Information about Goodstein’s books is at capitolhill books. com

Thursday, July 13:  Jefferson Park, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Meet near the bus stop at the southeast corner of West 23rd Avenue and Eliot Street.  (Eliot Street is one block east of Federal Boulevard).  The cost is $20.00.

Saturday, July 15:  The Seamy Side of Denver, 5:00 pm–7:15 pm
The event gathers in City Stacks, a combination bookstore and coffeehouse, 1743 Wazee Street.  The cost is $25.00.

Thursday, July 20:  West of Washington Park, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Gather in front of the Washington Street Community Center at the southwest corner of Ohio Avenue and Washington Street.  (Washington Street is seven blocks east of Broadway.  Ohio Avenue is the 800 south block, five blocks south of Alameda Avenue.)  The cost is $20.00.

Saturday, July 22:  Ghost Walk, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm
Meet at the statue of the Indian on the east lawn of the Capitol along Grant Street between 14th and Colfax avenues.  The cost is $25.00.

Thursday, July 27:  The Golden Triangle, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Meet near the sculptures of the cows at West 12th Avenue and Acoma Street at the southern edge of the Denver Art Museum.  (Acoma Street is one block west of Broadway.)  The cost is $20.00.

Tuesday, August 1:  Seventh Avenue Parkway, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Meet near the bench at the northeast corner of Seventh Avenue and Williams Street.  (Williams Street is six blocks east of Downing Street and five blocks west of York Street.  This is the Cheesman Park Esplanade extending south from the park at Eighth Avenue.)  The  cost is $20.00.

Tuesday, August 8:  Around West High School, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Meet in front of West High School, along the west side of Elati Street between West Ninth and West 11th avenues.  Elati Street is five blocks west of Broadway.  It is one way south bound from 11th Avenue to Ninth Avenue.)  The cost is $20.00.

Tuesday, August 15:  Harvard Gulch, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Meet near the benches at the southeast corner of South Logan Street and Iliff Avenue in Harvard Gulch Park.  (Logan is four blocks east of Broadway.  Iliff is two blocks south of Evans Avenue.)  The cost is $20.00.

Saturday, August 19:  Ghost Walk, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm
Meet at the statue of the Indian on the east lawn of the Capitol along Grant Street between 14th and Colfax avenues.  The cost is $25.00.

Tuesday, August 22:  Country Club Neighborhood, 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 and Columbine.  Nor does columbine go through between Third and Fourth avenues.  It is easiest to take either Sixth or Eight Avenue south on Columbine to the school.)  The cost is $20.00.

Saturday, September 9: The Ghosts of Cheesman Park, 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Meet at the wooden 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 $20.00.

Sunday, September 10: Park Hill Promise/Magnificent Mayfair, 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Phil Goodstein will have a booth at the Park Hill Fair at the southeast corner of Forest Street Parkway and Montview Boulevard.  There he will have copies of his new book Magnificent Mayfair.  Listing for $24.95, it will be available for $20.00, tax paid that day.  He will also have copies of his many other volumes.

Phil Goodstein - (303)333-1095