Having a Holiday at the Holiday Inn

Having a Holiday at the Holiday INN

 

I live off of Colfax Ave, which means I spend a lot of time marveling at old motel neon signs that once beckoned tourists to rest their weary heads. More and more of these motels are becoming extinct, due to the fact that the establishments themselves are no longer favored by the city of Aurora or Denver.  I was curious about the glory days when the motels along Colfax worked to outshine one another. My little search brought me to the photo shown below. A mini shopping center I am very familiar with once held the very first Holiday Inn in Colorado.

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Enter Elsa’s Frozen Wonderland (A.K.A That One Time Leadville Built an Ice Palace)

Ice Palaces of Colorado

Once upon a time, there was a thriving mining town nestled in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado called Leadville. For nearly two decades the town thrived with the promise of silver and gold fortunes. That is until the most abundant mines began to dry up and the Sherman Silver Purchase Act put an end to the gold and silver rush era.

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