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Grand Opening of the Colfax Museum!

Great news! The Colfax Museum, dedicated to Schuyler Colfax and the longest, wickedest (as in awesome) street in North America that bears his name, opens 11/18/2017! Join us 2:00-5:00pm on Saturday to celebrate the accomplishment, at 6109 E. Colfax Avenue in Denver.

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REMINDER: The 7 Star Motel License Hearing to...

REMINDER: The 7 Star Motel License Hearing tomorrow, November 16, 2017 at 9:00AM has been postponed. BACKGROUND: On Monday, September 25, 2017 at 10:00AM the owners and operators of the 7 Star Motel, located at 8400 East Colfax Avenue at Verbena Street were served notice by the Denver Nuisance Abatement Division of the City Attorney's Office and the Denver Police Nuisance Abatement Detectives. The first part of the notice was to be a public Show Cause hearing in front of the Department of Excise and Licensing in at the Webb Building in regards to continuing nuisances that effect the surrounding neighborhood, it's residents and business owners, including drug sales and possession by tenants and weapons charges and seizures. The city attorney’s office is actively working on a resolution. If needed, a show cause hearing in front of excise and licensing will be rescheduled in early to mid December. The solution being worked on will also potentially negate the court case. We will notify everyone of the progress and as more details can be discussed we will share with everyone. Thank you for everyone that has reached out so far, as soon as we know more we will send notice out. East Colfax Neighborhood Association

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    REMINDER: The 7 Star Motel License Hearing tomorrow, November 16, 2017 at 9:00AM has been postponed. BACKGROUND: On Monday, September 25, 2017 at 10:00AM the owners and operators of the 7 Star...
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Nov 11

Get to Know Your Neighbors! Great advice fro...

Get to Know Your Neighbors! Great advice from the Lowry Community Master Association! Neighbors, please make sure you know the name and contact information of (at least) your immediate neighbors. Knowing how to get in touch with your neighbors helps make your neighborhood and street safer. They have created a simple contact sheet, which you can use. Here are some real-life situations that highlight why this is important: Denver Police have reported many garage doors left open by residents who were not at home. Criminals drive neighborhoods looking for open garage doors - it takes seconds and garage theft is reported weekly by your neighborhood residents. Know how to alert your neighbor to a garage door left open and know who to call if you suspect you left your own garage door open. Make sure your neighbors know how to reach you, especially when you are out of town. 'Tis the season...for package theft from porches. If you know an important package has been delivered and you may not be home for a while, send a text to your neighbors to see if anyone is home to grab it for you. Criminals that have robbed a house have hidden in neighbors' yards while police search for them. Know how to alert your neighbors to on-going criminal activity. When a few homes are easy targets for theft and other crimes, it attracts crime to the entire neighborhood. The Denver Police Department illustrates over and over again how absolutely critical it is to know your neighbors and how to reach them. Start getting involved with your neighborhood by coming to neighborhood meetings every month the Denver Police Department is there every month. Next one is November 21 at 6:30 PM at 14th and Tamarac, close enough to walk to. The East Colfax Neighborhood Association EastColfaxNeighborhood@gmail.com http://www.EastColfaxNeighborhood.org https://www.twitter.com/EastColfaxNBHD https://www.eastcolfax.nextdoor.com https://www.facebook.com/EastColfaxNeighborhoodAssociation Sign-up for our mailing list: http://eepurl.com/cZ_tDv

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    Get to Know Your Neighbors! Great advice from the Lowry Community Master Association! Neighbors, please make sure you know the name and contact information of (at least) your immediate neighbors....
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Nov 11

Willner Brother’s Famous Chef Restaurant/Frid...

Willner Brother’s Famous Chef Restaurant/Friday & Saturday’s/Saturday’s/PT’s All Nude II at 8315 East Colfax Avenue since 1950. Historic Route 40 ColfaxAvenue.com Save the Signs Historic Denver

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    Willner Brother's Famous Chef Restaurant/Friday & Saturday's/Saturday's/PT's All Nude II at 8315 East Colfax Avenue since 1950. Historic Route 40 ColfaxAvenue.com Save the Signs Historic Denver
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Nov 09

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1950’s East ColfaxNeighborhood History from Ken Harvey, past owner of Ken’s Barber Shop at Ulster & East Colfax Avenue Stedman's Shoe Service was across the street from Rockybilt hamburgers (recently the new Buffalo Bill's Wings and Things Chicken House and Yoisho's). A lot of people went to that shoe service on the corner of Colfax and Quebec. The Loop drugstore and the shoe service were in the same block. A Japanese couple owned the Loop; his name was Long and her name was Chick. They had that drugstore a long time. Stedman’s left that location sometime later and put in a shop down in the Mayfair Shopping Center. It is still under the Stedman name. I don't know what happened to Mr. Stedman. Going east a block or two was a place called Bud Karchers and it was selling foreign cars. His place later turned into Skyline Dodge. The dealership moved up there to the other side of the block to what had been the old Millers supermarket on the corner of Colfax and Poplar Street. He had a big dealership there. Dairy Queen was fairly close to one block the side of Syracuse and that business is still there. There were four service stations on the corners of Syracuse and Colfax, Doc's Conoco and a Mobil station across the street from there on the northwest corner. There was another station on the southwest corner. Across the street was the station I went to and that was Dewey’s Standard at Colfax and Syracuse. Going east, on the next corner at Spruce was a place called Cadillac Furniture. It did fair and then PMM Western Wear came in there (where the current Family Dollar store is). It was really a growing business they sold probably more western boots than anybody in the city and they had 7,000 pairs of boots in there. Across the street from PMM Western Wear on the same side of Colfax was the Beacon Supper Club that was a really good thing. It was probably one of the most money making places on East Colfax. They had half a block going east to the alley and then they had a pretty good size piece of land in the back where they could park. There wasn't another business between the beacon and the alley. Across the street from there was a place called Hack’s Little Lot. It was a little place where they dealt mostly in foreign cars. Hack’s was a successful business and they stayed there a long time. Next door to him on the west side was a place called Burns Standard Oil. Burns and his boys ran a Standard gas station there it was a small station on the corner of Colfax and Spruce. Then there was the Hanger Bar on the corner of Tamarac and Colfax. In 1954 Tommy Falarite had the bar for some time. The man that had it before him was Harry Kaiser. Harry was a retired police officer in Denver. He was the man that opened up the Hanger Bar. Shorty was the name of the manager. They used to call him Mr. 5 x 5. He was a really heavy man. Tommy had been sick a while and Shorty was around the bar a lot. He was wide as he was tall. He was very over weight and he had diabetes too and in time he lost his leg. I knew Shorty pretty well he came in my shop for many haircuts. Across the street at the corner of Tamarac and Colfax was Naylor's vet clinic (Montclair Animal Clinic today). Dr. Naylor sold out to Dr. Sergeant. Dr. Sergeant grew up in the neighborhood and went to vet school at Fort Collins. The day that he got out of school he went to work for Dr. Naylor. He bought the place from Dr. Naylor. Dr. Sergeants had a brother that lived just a block away from the clinic. Going further down the street on the corner, east of the Hanger Bar was a nice Philips station run by two brothers. One of the brothers was Dick and the other I cannot quite remember. Dick and his brother had a nice Philips station on the corner of Ulster and Colfax and they stayed there a good 20 years. Across the street was a place called the Western Drive-in that place was there in 1954. The owners name was Dave and I bought a lot of hamburgers from that place. My barber shop was just across the street. He got despondent over something one day and came into my shop and said, "did you hear what happened at Dave's Drive-in last night? He went out in his car and shot himself." The Western Drive-in was then sold to a fellow by the name of Jack he kept it for a while. I don't know what happened to it Dave had that place two or three years before 1954 and then he did himself in. Down on the corner of the Western Drive-in it was a nice big trailer lot and there was a big fellow that ran it. His name was Tom and I don't know who the owners were but it was a very successful business they closed it later and moved it to West Colfax. Across the street to the north up to Ulster on the north side of the street was Stokes Drugstore. Coming east there was a little hardware store and then there was Eugene’s Beauty Shop run by Elizabeth Bath. I was in the next building. Ken's Barber service. I bought out George's Barber service and I was there for seven years. I gave quite a few haircuts and they cost about one dollars or so and I made $80 to $90 a week. When I first went in there I did not make much but when I sold out $90 to $100 was a pretty good week. In 1954 next to me was a pet store. The pet store moved out after 1 to 1 1/2 years the business that went in there was the first Color Tile store in Denver. Color Tile stayed there for a long time. The next building would've been the original Paisan’s. There was a vacant lot next to Paisan’s nothing was ever built on it. It was on the east side of Paisan’s. The original owner Jim Sando was an Italian immigrant he jumped ship in the New York Harbor and eventually got to Denver and started Paisan’s. His sisters and brothers are all in Italy he started right out with some of the best pizza people that ever eaten in the Denver area. He sold out to a guy named Rolly about a year before 1954. Sando moved to North Denver and started a place called the Three Sons Pizzeria. Three Sons has been there a long time. Jim Sando has been dead quite a long time, I think his three boys are still involved in the restaurant business. I think it is in the area of Tejon and Sheridan. After Paisan's there was a place that was owned by George called George’s barbershop. George's sister owns the building there and the building is occupied by La Bolita’s Restaurant serving Mexican food. That was owned by a Phil Murray. Phil built it up to a successful bar and restaurant and people could go in there until five in the morning when other bars were closed up. He closed his bar but still served food. People would come in from all other bars for food. He ran mean hours. Bill stayed there for a long time I used to go over to Phil’s and I remember in 1961 when we had the big flood in Denver all the lights went out and I couldn't work anymore so I went over to La Bolita’s to have a beer and I got to talking to Phil and he said, "well my beer is all going to get warm. We are aren't going to have power until the next day or later" so we just sat there and talked and drank beer and had candles going on I don't think two other people came in the place and none of the help showed up. So we sat and talked and he wouldn't sell me any beer but we drink beer all night and I got polluted. I remembered going out to my car and East Colfax was so dark the only lights were the lights on my car. I knew Phil pretty good he was an excellent musician he played the vibraphone. He had a three or four piece combo in there every night and people went in there to dance and they would dance on the dance floor. Phil had a marvelous way with people there was never any trouble in there he just did a nice business and build that place from scratch. They were already opened in 1954 I believe George's sister actually opened it and then sold it to Phil. The sister went downtown and opened up a place by the same name, La Bolita’s for a long time. Phil stayed and I left the barbershop in 1968. I think Phil stayed another 10 years and then he finally gave up and went to work for the City of Denver, he had a good job with the City and County of Denver and I haven't seen him in years. He must be pretty close to retirement age. There was the Sinclair station on Valentia and Colfax and it is still there. Back across the street on the corner of Colfax and Ulster it was a big beauty shop at one time. Earl Lubin ran the barber union. He was in that block and he got rid of that barbershop about 1960. Nextdoor to him was GG's bar and they have since moved around the corner. He sold out to Bill Klinger who kept the shop until about a year after I left. Barbering was tough then nobody was cutting their hair. Klinger got mad because his landlady was going to raise the rent and he told me if she raises the rent five dollars I won't pay at all close the shop. I think she was going to raise the rent $25 so he closed up. His shop was between you Uinta & Valentia on the south side (located where Buffalo Bills Wings and Things is). Arden liquor store was right next door to the barbershop. Then you start getting into all those motels. When I was there they built one called the Château Motor Lodge at Valentia and Colfax (now Orlando’s Apartments). There was a nice old club at Yosemite called the Ex-Veterans or Ex-Serviceman’s club. They had good dances there and it was a bar. It was kind of Adobe and out on the north side of the street it was a two-story building that we get some good bands in there and we went up there to dance and it was really nice. On the south side of the street was the Apple Tree Shanty. Dr. Peterson was the owner in 1954. Dr. Peterson sold out to a fellow by the name of Don Olson. Don had two partners and my daughter married Don and they ran the Apple Tree Shanty for approximately six years then they got a divorce. Olson finally sold his interest to Ray Sanford who was one of the original partners of Don's. One of those guys dropped out when he got hurt in a parachute jumping accident. I believe Ray Sanford came in after that. Don, Ray and another we're partners and Ray finally bought the whole thing.

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Nov 09

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1950’s East ColfaxNeighborhood History from Ken Harvey, past owner of Ken’s Barber Shop at Ulster & East Colfax Avenue Stedman's Shoe Service was across the street from Rockybilt hamburgers (recently the new Buffalo Bill's Wings and Things Chicken House and Yoisho's). A lot of people went to that shoe service on the corner of Colfax and Quebec. The Loop drugstore and the shoe service were in the same block. A Japanese couple owned the Loop; his name was Long and her name was Chick. They had that drugstore a long time. Stedman’s left that location sometime later and put in a shop down in the Mayfair Shopping Center. It is still under the Stedman name. I don't know what happened to Mr. Stedman. Going east a block or two was a place called Bud Karchers and it was selling foreign cars. His place later turned into Skyline Dodge. The dealership moved up there to the other side of the block to what had been the old Millers supermarket on the corner of Colfax and Poplar Street. He had a big dealership there. Dairy Queen was fairly close to one block the side of Syracuse and that business is still there. There were four service stations on the corners of Syracuse and Colfax, Doc's Conoco and a Mobil station across the street from there on the northwest corner. There was another station on the southwest corner. Across the street was the station I went to and that was Dewey’s Standard at Colfax and Syracuse. Going east, on the next corner at Spruce was a place called Cadillac Furniture. It did fair and then PMM Western Wear came in there (where the current Family Dollar store is). It was really a growing business they sold probably more western boots than anybody in the city and they had 7,000 pairs of boots in there. Across the street from PMM Western Wear on the same side of Colfax was the Beacon Supper Club that was a really good thing. It was probably one of the most money making places on East Colfax. They had half a block going east to the alley and then they had a pretty good size piece of land in the back where they could park. There wasn't another business between the beacon and the alley. Across the street from there was a place called Hack’s Little Lot. It was a little place where they dealt mostly in foreign cars. Hack’s was a successful business and they stayed there a long time. Next door to him on the west side was a place called Burns Standard Oil. Burns and his boys ran a Standard gas station there it was a small station on the corner of Colfax and Spruce. Then there was the Hanger Bar on the corner of Tamarac and Colfax. In 1954 Tommy Falarite had the bar for some time. The man that had it before him was Harry Kaiser. Harry was a retired police officer in Denver. He was the man that opened up the Hanger Bar. Shorty was the name of the manager. They used to call him Mr. 5 x 5. He was a really heavy man. Tommy had been sick a while and Shorty was around the bar a lot. He was wide as he was tall. He was very over weight and he had diabetes too and in time he lost his leg. I knew Shorty pretty well he came in my shop for many haircuts. Across the street at the corner of Tamarac and Colfax was Naylor's vet clinic (Montclair Animal Clinic today). Dr. Naylor sold out to Dr. Sergeant. Dr. Sergeant grew up in the neighborhood and went to vet school at Fort Collins. The day that he got out of school he went to work for Dr. Naylor. He bought the place from Dr. Naylor. Dr. Sergeants had a brother that lived just a block away from the clinic. Going further down the street on the corner, east of the Hanger Bar was a nice Philips station run by two brothers. One of the brothers was Dick and the other I cannot quite remember. Dick and his brother had a nice Philips station on the corner of Ulster and Colfax and they stayed there a good 20 years. Across the street was a place called the Western Drive-in that place was there in 1954. The owners name was Dave and I bought a lot of hamburgers from that place. My barber shop was just across the street. He got despondent over something one day and came into my shop and said, "did you hear what happened at Dave's Drive-in last night? He went out in his car and shot himself." The Western Drive-in was then sold to a fellow by the name of Jack he kept it for a while. I don't know what happened to it Dave had that place two or three years before 1954 and then he did himself in. Down on the corner of the Western Drive-in it was a nice big trailer lot and there was a big fellow that ran it. His name was Tom and I don't know who the owners were but it was a very successful business they closed it later and moved it to West Colfax. Across the street to the north up to Ulster on the north side of the street was Stokes Drugstore. Coming east there was a little hardware store and then there was Eugene’s Beauty Shop run by Elizabeth Bath. I was in the next building. Ken's Barber service. I bought out George's Barber service and I was there for seven years. I gave quite a few haircuts and they cost about one dollars or so and I made $80 to $90 a week. When I first went in there I did not make much but when I sold out $90 to $100 was a pretty good week. In 1954 next to me was a pet store. The pet store moved out after 1 to 1 1/2 years the business that went in there was the first Color Tile store in Denver. Color Tile stayed there for a long time. The next building would've been the original Paisan’s. There was a vacant lot next to Paisan’s nothing was ever built on it. It was on the east side of Paisan’s. The original owner Jim Sando was an Italian immigrant he jumped ship in the New York Harbor and eventually got to Denver and started Paisan’s. His sisters and brothers are all in Italy he started right out with some of the best pizza people that ever eaten in the Denver area. He sold out to a guy named Rolly about a year before 1954. Sando moved to North Denver and started a place called the Three Sons Pizzeria. Three Sons has been there a long time. Jim Sando has been dead quite a long time, I think his three boys are still involved in the restaurant business. I think it is in the area of Tejon and Sheridan. After Paisan's there was a place that was owned by George called George’s barbershop. George's sister owns the building there and the building is occupied by La Bolita’s Restaurant serving Mexican food. That was owned by a Phil Murray. Phil built it up to a successful bar and restaurant and people could go in there until five in the morning when other bars were closed up. He closed his bar but still served food. People would come in from all other bars for food. He ran mean hours. Bill stayed there for a long time I used to go over to Phil’s and I remember in 1961 when we had the big flood in Denver all the lights went out and I couldn't work anymore so I went over to La Bolita’s to have a beer and I got to talking to Phil and he said, "well my beer is all going to get warm. We are aren't going to have power until the next day or later" so we just sat there and talked and drank beer and had candles going on I don't think two other people came in the place and none of the help showed up. So we sat and talked and he wouldn't sell me any beer but we drink beer all night and I got polluted. I remembered going out to my car and East Colfax was so dark the only lights were the lights on my car. I knew Phil pretty good he was an excellent musician he played the vibraphone. He had a three or four piece combo in there every night and people went in there to dance and they would dance on the dance floor. Phil had a marvelous way with people there was never any trouble in there he just did a nice business and build that place from scratch. They were already opened in 1954 I believe George's sister actually opened it and then sold it to Phil. The sister went downtown and opened up a place by the same name, La Bolita’s for a long time. Phil stayed and I left the barbershop in 1968. I think Phil stayed another 10 years and then he finally gave up and went to work for the City of Denver, he had a good job with the City and County of Denver and I haven't seen him in years. He must be pretty close to retirement age. There was the Sinclair station on Valentia and Colfax and it is still there. Back across the street on the corner of Colfax and Ulster it was a big beauty shop at one time. Earl Lubin ran the barber union. He was in that block and he got rid of that barbershop about 1960. Nextdoor to him was GG's bar and they have since moved around the corner. He sold out to Bill Klinger who kept the shop until about a year after I left. Barbering was tough then nobody was cutting their hair. Klinger got mad because his landlady was going to raise the rent and he told me if she raises the rent five dollars I won't pay at all close the shop. I think she was going to raise the rent $25 so he closed up. His shop was between you Uinta & Valentia on the south side (located where Buffalo Bills Wings and Things is). Arden liquor store was right next door to the barbershop. Then you start getting into all those motels. When I was there they built one called the Château Motor Lodge at Valentia and Colfax (now Orlando’s Apartments). There was a nice old club at Yosemite called the Ex-Veterans or Ex-Serviceman’s club. They had good dances there and it was a bar. It was kind of Adobe and out on the north side of the street it was a two-story building that we get some good bands in there and we went up there to dance and it was really nice. On the south side of the street was the Apple Tree Shanty. Dr. Peterson was the owner in 1954. Dr. Peterson sold out to a fellow by the name of Don Olson. Don had two partners and my daughter married Don and they ran the Apple Tree Shanty for approximately six years then they got a divorce. Olson finally sold his interest to Ray Sanford who was one of the original partners of Don's. One of those guys dropped out when he got hurt in a parachute jumping accident. I believe Ray Sanford came in after that. Don, Ray and another we're partners and Ray finally bought the whole thing.

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Nov 09

Charlie Chan Village

Today a great mystery was solved. For years I had been trying to track down an old East Colfax motel called Charlie Chan Village. In my mind, I saw something mythical, like Grauman's Chinese Theater. The good news is Jennifer and Bonnie at the Aurora History Museum found something about it today! The (not so bad I guess) news is that it was a laundry service...

    Charlie Chan Village
    Colfax Avenue is the longest commercial street in the USA, and truly one of the most unique streets anywhere. ColfaxAvenue.com is a definitive guide to the heart and soul of Colfax, which runs through Golden, Lakewood, Denver, Aurora, Strasburg, and Bennett, Colorado.
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Nov 09

Ms. C's

By Daniel M.

    Ms. C's
    Colfax Avenue is the longest commercial street in the USA, and truly one of the most unique streets anywhere. ColfaxAvenue.com is a definitive guide to the heart and soul of Colfax, which runs through Golden, Lakewood, Denver, Aurora, Strasburg, and Bennett, Colorado.
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Nov 06

Denver Police Blotter: Resident enraged by his neighbor’s band

Man in traffic. On Oct. 28, an officer on patrol on the 8200 block of East Colfax Avenue reported seeing a man walk into the street as vehicles approached. Drivers slowed and swerved...

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...my car go. A man called police Oct. 30 to report an auto theft at 1050 W. Colfax Ave. The man told police he parked his car and walked across the street to the...

    Denver Police Blotter: Resident enraged by his neighbor's band
    Rock on. According to a police report, on Oct. 29, a resident on the 2700 block of North King Street called police to complain about a neighbor playing amplified music. The resident had complained previously about the neighbor practicing with his band after 10 p.m., according to a police report.
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Nov 06

Nuisance Hearing on November 16, 2017 Postpon...

Nuisance Hearing on November 16, 2017 Postponed *** The 7 Star Motel License Hearing on November 16, 2017 at 9:00AM has been postponed *** On Monday, September 25, 2017 at 10:00AM the owners and operators of the 7 Star Motel, located at 8400 East Colfax Avenue at Verbena Street were served notice by the Denver Nuisance Abatement Division of the City Attorney's Office and the Denver Police Nuisance Abatement Detectives. The first part of the notice is public Show Cause hearing in front of Excise and License in regards to their motel license originally scheduled November 16, 2017 at 9:00AM at the Webb Building in regards to continuing nuisances that effect the surrounding neighborhood, it's residents and business owners, including drug sales and possession by tenants and weapons charges and seizures. The city attorney’s office is actively working a solution out. If needed, a show cause hearing in front of excise and licensing will be rescheduled in early to mid December. The solution being worked on will also potentially negate the court case. We will notify everyone of the progress and as more details can be discussed we will share with everyone. Thank you for everyone that has reached out so far, as soon as we know more we will send notice out.

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    Nuisance Hearing on November 16, 2017 Postponed *** The 7 Star Motel License Hearing on November 16, 2017 at 9:00AM has been postponed *** On Monday, September 25, 2017 at 10:00AM the owners and...
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Nov 05

Officers are investigating a shooting at the ...

Officers are investigating a shooting at the Westerner Motel at 8405 East Colfax. 1 male victim. No suspect information at this time. http://denver.cbslocal.com/2017/11/05/shooting-western-motor-inn-colfax/

    Shooting Investigation At Western Motor Inn On Colfax
    DENVER (CBS4) - Denver police say they are investigating a shooting at the Western Motor Inn on East Colfax Avenue on Sunday. We know one man was hot, but has yet to be taken to the hospital. Police have not released any suspect information, but say there is no threat to the public.
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Nov 05

Black is the New Orange

Black is the new Orange? I know Colfax Avenue is down in there somewhere...

    Black is the New Orange
    Colfax Avenue is the longest commercial street in the USA, and truly one of the most unique streets anywhere. ColfaxAvenue.com is a definitive guide to the heart and soul of Colfax, which runs through Golden, Lakewood, Denver, Aurora, Strasburg, and Bennett, Colorado.
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Nov 05

Shooting Investigation At Western Motor Inn On Colfax

#DPD officers are investigating a shooting in the 8400 block of E. Colfax. 1 male victim. No suspect information at this time. pic.twitter.com/wfrAFUhF9S

    Shooting Investigation At Western Motor Inn On Colfax
    DENVER (CBS4) - Denver police say they are investigating a shooting at the Western Motor Inn on East Colfax Avenue on Sunday. We know one man was hot, but has yet to be taken to the hospital. Police have not released any suspect information, but say there is no threat to the public.
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Nov 04

East Colfax Neighborhood Association added 19...

This interview is from one of the older residents Phyllis Dixon in the East Colfax Neighborhood, whose house at 1785 Trenton Street was built in 1925. Phyliss Dixon Interview: My parents built this house in 1925. My dad was a patient at Fitzsimmons and my mother was an Army nurse. That's where they met. They moved here in 1925. After my mother died my father's health was not so good so when I got married I didn't leave home. I brought my husband home instead. The house has been remodeled repeatedly because it was so small. I was not born yet when they moved here. I am the youngest of three. My sisters went to Ashley elementary the day it opened in 1929. All three of us went to Ashley. Of course it was just the little corner part at that time. We had a half-time kindergarten teacher and a half time principal and we shared them with Montclair Elementary which is now the Paddington School at Quebec and E. 13th Ave.. Miss Lyons was the kindergarten teacher and Mrs. Godsmitten was the principal. I know the last year I was at Ashley elementary it was small enough that we didn't have a fifth-grade class, the fifth grade class was divided between the fourth and the sixth grades. There wasn't much around here at that time. The 1700 block of Spruce Street was filled in on the side. 19th Ave. stopped at Rosemary and the house on the north east corner with its redbrick was there. Between Rosemary and Quebec people had driven cars through it but it wasn't a Road. There was one little house that was there but most of it was vacant land except for a couple of houses on E. 17th Ave. There is that big house at E. 17th Ave. and Quince Street, the pretty White one belonged to the Carsons that owned the Carsons Grocery Company and Dairy. It was a real big house that they remodeled and put the garage on it used to have the great huge lilac bushes. Then there was a house across from that. Then there was a house at 17th Ave. and Rosemary a red brick house nothing further up those blocks. Of course the park (McNichols) had a greenhouse in the southwestern corner and a little old house without windows. It was simply four walls. Where McNichols park is now was just a vacant lot and the greenhouse. The greenhouse was an active business. My folks built our house in 1925 and I was born here in 1929. The winter of 1932-1933 was the first years I could remember. I know that over here on Ulster Street those two big houses on the east side at 1740 and 1760 were there. The National Greeters Home was for retired hotel workers and had a big orchard. Over where Evergeen Apartments (now Advenir at Stapleton) is now that was the Jewish Ex-Patients Tubercular home. They had three or four buildings. Tamarac never went through from E. 19th Ave. to Colfax. I think there were four buildings. Then down about Ulster Street At Colfax I think were some little business buildings that were torn down eventually. These were all people who lived in the back of their stores. Next to the store there was some kind of feed store with turkeys (Slaven’s Turkey Hatchery). It was only there a few years. (It later became the Plantation Restaurant). There were a few other little things on Colfax. No businesses on the south side, none at all. But there were a few people who lived on East Colfax. I had friends who lived east of here and they had running water but there were not on the sewer line. I would say that probably about 1940 over at E. 19th Ave. and Spruce Street that they just got indoor plumbing about that time. When this house was built it wasn't on the sewer line. They had a cesspool and had running water and electricity. The streets were not paved until 1946 after the war, it may have been closer to 1950. Montview Blvd had a surface and E. 17th Ave. did and of course East Colfax Avenue, but the rest of the neighborhood streets were gravel. There was a sidewalk in the 1600 block of Trenton Street. We couldn't rollerskate around here because there weren't any sidewalks. My husband was raised over at E. 16th Ave. in Pontiac street. Of course, he was allowed out and he said he and his friends used to go over and rollerskate on the runways at the old Stapleton Airport. I remember going up on the hill by the school when they had airshows with parachute jumpers and wing walkers to watch and when we went over the hill to get pollywogs. Used to be lots of little swamps over at the airport. The little house across the street that sets back was the garage and they were going to build a house in front and they dug a basement and then 20 years somebody built a home on the foundation. In the corner house was Tom and Marie Hendricks. Tom made leather jackets. The guys would bring in their deer hides. He would send them into be tanned and then would make jackets out of them. They were there for years and years. She had typhoid fever and was an invalid for many years. We had chickens but that wasn't unusual at the time. During the war lots of people had chickens because there wasn't enough to read points for meat. We had chickens for a long time. My mother brought us to ducks and my sister dropped one duck after she had it 15 minutes and it died, and the other one lived for about 15 years. That duck had never seen another duck and she thought she was a chicken. For many years my dad kept the chickens simply to keep the duck company. We called her Donald of course what else would you call a duck. We didn't have a library of any kind except for libraries in each classroom and school. Once a week we go over to the Montclair school. I guess you could call it a forerunner of the bookmobile they would come up and set the books up inside. I went to St. Luke's Episcopal church and that was expanded a lot over the years. There wasn't much built south of Colfax. The kids on the southside went to Montclair elementary and on the northside to Ashley elementary. We went to Smiley and they went to Gove. When we were kids here that was the only church except for the Catholic Church. There was a little Baptist Church where the Zion Church is now. That was there for many years. We went to vacation Bible school there. Right after the second world war we had 500 children in the Sunday school. That was the only church except the Catholic Church. Aurora didn't have any church so to speak of. In the 1940s times we're not good and when the war came along they were not building anything. They didn't send a bus around for the children. You got there on your own. In the late 1940s and early 1950s there were big families with five or six kids in the neighborhood. I was at the end of that period. Many kids were born in 1956 in 1957. We have to make our own amusement so it was kick the can and very simple game is because and if you own a baseball and a bat you were almost wealthy. Jacks, paper dolls, Momoli Paiges and jacks. Of course, at that time you could go down to the museum and the zoo for free. I can remember when we were kids they have some kind of band at city Park in the fountain and I can remember our parents taking us down there for the band concerts. Park Hill was built up not as thick as now but it was a very established neighborhood. West of Monaco was built up pretty good. We would go to Cheeseman Park because the Denver Post put on an opera there for years and years. You went to the park and sat on blankets. One year there was a terrible forest fire that was so big you could see it burning from cheesman park. That is the only thing I can distinctly remember about it. That was probably in the late 1930s. When I finish six grade there were 10 or 11 of us in that grade. Mary Grace used to live about 1610 Ulster St. and she was raised in this neighborhood. I don't think Rose Wilson came until after the world war. I don't think those houses were built yet. Mr. Woods had a body shop and they owned the red house and then they built the cream colored brick house and moved into it. On the side of Spruce Street it was built up. The house on the corner is a stucco house with a porch and a little bitty house. I think where they built the last vacant lot. On the other side there were houses down on this end of the other side. My husband and I went to the Beacon supper club very frequently before we were married. That was in the 1950s the first time I can remember going to the Beacon was when I went there with the man I married. We started going together in 1951. Willy and Jerry Hartsell. They didn't have dancing. It was so jammed into dance. I'll put it differently they were more interested in selling booze and food than putting people on the dance floor. Part of the deal was that they would have a show and then they would stop and then it was Time to have drinks. They push the booze on Saturday nights it would be very crowded. We would also go to the famous chef restaurant where Saturday's (PT's) strip club is now. That was an excellent restaurant the same people had a restaurant downtown. The food was superb. We would also go to the Yucca which was in a big building on the north side of East Colfax maybe at Beeler St. in Aurora. It was a big Mexican hacienda tight building. After the war the Yucca traded for a little place further down. What was the Yucca turned into one of those veterans organizations that showed up and disappeared and it was basically illegal gambling. Regarding the heavy vine covering all the front of her house my mother planted that vine and she was an invalid by 40 or 45 so it must be at least 50 years old. The trees are older than I am around the house. I know my mother worked at Colorado women's college when I was in high school. A lot of us in the neighborhood worked at the women's college. We set the tables clear the tables and made meals and if I remember clearly we were paid something like a dollar 25 a day plus our supper. The first job I had a 1945 was for Miller’s supermarket I made $.50 an hour. That was where that $.99 store is opening up (Family Dollar at Spruce and East Colfax) and there was one on Elm and Colfax Avenue, and one in Aurora. The streetcar turned around at Poplar Street and E. Colfax Avenue (called “the Loop” where Ace on the Fax is today) they sat back from where the streetcars turned around. They had the streetcar turn over there. It didn't turn on a turntable. And it was almost a complete circle so we had to slow down quite a bit to get around it. It was a little building in there and the buses came in on one side in the street cars on the other. My family had a little concession stand there for years and years and that was a place you could go inside and eat. Every so often something would happen on the streetcar. One of them would jump the track or when that happened the whole line would close down because there was no way to get around it. The streetcars went out about 1949 or 1950. Then they put an electric buses that ran like a bus but they ran on an overhead wire they didn't run on the track they were a lot more comfortable than the streetcar. In my younger dating days you went either to the moon drive-in, the pick a rib, or the oasis. They were all East of Colorado Boulevard down on E. Colfax Ave. about Cherry Street. I think there is a Winchells donuts shop there now. When I was a kid there was a barrel shaped one down there I know in the early 1950s that was an A&W root beer stand east of where the Apple tree shanty (Xanthia & Colfax where the VFW is) is on the same side of the street. That was the first drive-in I can remember in this part of town. Also the Famous Chef Restaurant (PT’s/Saturday’s Strip Club building) was really busy they had good food. I remember we had always have chicken livers they made beautiful chef salads. ColfaxAvenue.com

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Guido's Nickel Bar

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Nov 02

Vintage Theatre presents Red

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Nov 02

Poetry at Pete's Kitchen

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#SeenOnColfax: Captain America!

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