Arts and Culture

Ten Best Commercial Signs on West Colfax

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10) Western Hills Motel 5035 West Colfax Avenue Long before I-25 swooped in and diverted traffic off of Colfax, Route 40 was one of two main highways that pumped people into the Mile High City. As automobile traffic increased, so did business along the 26-mile strip. Folks traveling into the Mile High City from the west and the east had plenty of options for places where they could stop for a meal or the night, and the Western Hills Motel was just one of the many motor lodges that appeared during this era. The sign still boasts modern conveniences from the hotel's heyday: telephones and televisions. 9) SideWok Cafe 4930 West Colfax Avenue The only sign from this century to make the list, the now-closed Sidewok Cafe's addition to Colfax is still a memorable one. The neon work displayed within the intricate marquee for this former vegetarian restaurant harks back to a time when a flashy sign could do wonders to attract hungry customers. 8) Lakewood Lodge 5601 West Colfax Avenue As times and the economy changed, so did the uses for hotels and motels along Colfax. The Lakewood Lodge is still busy, but today it acts more as temporary housing than a nightly stop for cross-country drivers just passing through. Though the neon work is long gone, the motel now has a clean and nicely painted sign that honors its original shape. 7) Eddie Bohn's Pig 'N Whistle Restaurant and Motel 4801-4823 West Colfax Avenue This sign is virtually all that is left of the once-hopping Pig 'N Whistle restaurant and motel, opened by former boxer Eddie Bohn. From 1924 (when it got its start as a gas station) to 1991, the Pig served hot meals and cool cocktails to politicians, star athletes, civilians and Hollywood types. Read and see more of the Pig's colorful history in Westword's conversation with Bohn's son "Punch," who shared his memories of his father's business after the building burned down in 2010. Keep reading for more of the best commercial signs on West Colfax.
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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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