Arts and Culture

Ten Best Commercial Signs on West Colfax

Colfax Avenue's sordid and fascinating history provides a road map for the evolution of the metro area. The longest uninterrupted main street in the United States, Colfax coasts from Aurora to Golden with chunks of Denver and Lakewood in between, providing an excellent cross-section of Colorado commerce, culture and community. And since this strip formerly known as Route 40 was here for both boom and bust, during the good times beautiful architecture, structures and signage appeared -- much of which survived the busts.

Westword is taking a look at Colfax's history through the signage found in each section of the strip. Starting from the west end at Kipling and heading toward downtown Denver, we've captured just some of the great signs belonging to current and former businesses that give West Colfax its visual character.

See also: 40 West Arts Is Capturing West Colfax's History Through Commercial Architecture

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Bree Davies is a multimedia journalist, artist advocate and community organizer born and raised in Denver. Rooted in the world of Do-It-Yourself arts and music, Davies co-founded Titwrench experimental music festival, is host of the local music and comedy show Sounds on 29th on CPT12 Colorado Public Television and is creator and host of the civic and social issue-focused podcast, Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? Her work is centered on a passionate advocacy for all ages, accessible, inclusive, non-commercial and autonomous DIY art spaces and music venues in Denver.
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