Colfax, then and now
This photo of Colfax Avenue above was taken in 1972 for the Documerica project funded by the EPA to document environmental impact.
I had expressed disbelief that this was a real, undoctored photo, as I did not think the mountains could be photographed towering over Colfax like that.
Well, ace photographer Dan Disner proved me wrong by meticulously finding the exact spot to recreate this photo today. He really nailed it too, didn’t he?
Compare the Big-T Thriftway sign with the current Family Dollar sign, the Capitol building, the church steeple, the outline of the mountains and the Mountain State Bank sign, visible faintly through the trees in the contemporary photo.
Dan has a nice website where he displays some beautiful shots of the wildlife out on his farm in Adam’s County: http://www.your20.com/
December 19th, 2011 / 3 Comments » / by Tom Lundin
Tom Waits on TV
In the 1974 to ‘75 era when Tom Waits wasn’t playing Ebbet’s Field, he was soaking up local color at Denver bars like The Ship Tavern, The Satire, The PS Lounge, Club 404, The Skylark and Deno’s 6 & 85. By 1976 Waits and Chuck E. Weiss relocated to the Tropicana Hotel on Sunset Strip in Los Angeles and Tom Waits made this hysterical appearance on Fernwood 2-Night.
August 22nd, 2011 / No Comments » / by Tom Lundin
Colfax Phillips 66
There are quite a few of these old delta-canopy 1960s-era Phillips 66 gas stations around
Denver, but this one on East Colfax with the angled-bays and the two lattice sign-posts
make it the most outstanding example.
Many of these gas stations still around town are now missing their canopys, but you can tell
they are an old Phillips 66 by the corner front office with the angled-glass.
November 9th, 2010 / No Comments » / by Tom Lundin