Everyone knows about the infamous Stanley Hotel in Estas Park that inspried Stephan King to write his horror masterpiece “The Shining”. The Stanley isn’t isn’t the only hotel in Colorado filled with an otherwordly presence. About an hour west from Colorado Springs lies the almost forgotten mining town of Victor.
It’s amazing how quickly things have changed. I don’t think anyone would have foreseen to see the world as it is today a month ago. It was surreal to see the once vibrant streets of Broadway, now empty with boarded-up stores and restaurants.
The artists of Denver are fighting back against the doom and the gloom by creating works of art on top of the plywood that now adorns the many buildings on Broadway.
When you think of Colorado goods, fine fragrances and luxury body products are probably the last things that come to mind. After all, those things tend to go against the state’s rough and tumble cowboy persona. That of course, never stopped indie darling, Margot Elena from pursuing her dream of establishing a line of bath and body treasures.
“I think that, out in Colorado, we have literally our own headspace around us and we can tell a really unique story, and I think that that has been one of the reasons that we have always been one of the innovators instead of one of the followers,” –Margot Elena Source: 303 Magazine
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.
I believe everyone has a special place that brings them an indescribable feeling of inner peace. Manitou Springs is that place for me. Growing up, my family would often take day trips to visit the tiny mountain town near Colorado Springs. I have so many fond memories of being dragged to numerous boutique shops, drinking mineral water, and munching on salt water taffy from Patsy’s. The older I got the more I fell under Manitou’s spell. My favorite spot in Manitou, in particular, was the old town clock.
As much as I love the age of streaming, in all honesty, a Netflix bing does not replace the movie-going experience. There is just something about sharing the film viewing experience with the community that makes the film itself (good or bad) much more memorable.
Some of my most fond memories is seeing swashbuckling films like The Mask of Zorro and The Man in the Iron Mask in a tiny mountain town theater. I can also promise you there is nothing like seeing Bladerunner under a sky of twinkling stars at a certain famous amphitheater.
Ready to break up your film routine? Read on to learn about some unique Colorado cinema treasures.
Not all novelty restaurants can be as enduring as Denver’s Casa Bonita restaurant. There have been many beloved restaurants over the years, but unfortunately like many good things their time came to an end.
1. Baby Doe’s Matchless Mine
Baby Doe’s Matchless Mine is probably the restaurant on this list that I am most familiar with. The restaurant overlooked I-25 and downtown Denver from its location on a bluff on the west side of the highway. Growing up my dad would always say something like “There’s Baby Doe’s” when he would pass it on the highway. This would later turn into “There’s where Baby Doe’s used to be” when it was torn down in 2007.
I distinctly remember four news events before the age of ten.
The murder of JonBenét Ramsey
The death of Princess Diana
The Columbine High School massacre
Two of these events happened less than an hour away from my home in Thornton, Colorado. This Saturday will mark the 20 year anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre and since that time mass shootings have become more and more frequent, even commonplace.
I spend a lot of time driving down Colfax Avenue. I love looking at all the different neon signs, murals, and architecture that reside on it. One of my favorite murals is an art nouveau inspired piece. I’ve always wanted to know the artist behind it, so I decided to do a little Google search. To my surprise, I found that the mural was done over an American Beauty Pasta ghost sign that had been defaced.
Colorado just lost one of its most influential art icons, Lawrence Argent; the man who is most notably known for creating the giant blue bear that peers inside the Colorado Convention Center. The blue bear oddly enough is the second iconic giant blue statue in Denver. What can I say? We really like giant blue animals in Colorado.
Lawrence Argent was not native to Colorado but was in fact born overseas in Essex, England. He spent most of his childhood years in Australia and came to America after he finished his education. He came to Colorado in 1993 when he landed a teaching job at the School of Art and Art History at the University of Denver. Since that time he has called Colorado home and has made numerous contributions to its art culture.