Spending the Night at a Haunted Victorian Hotel (The Black Monarch)

Monarch Hotel (2)

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.

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The Beautiful Artwork of La Lotería

La Loteria-Denverite Express
Photo Credit: Lat Lon

Recently, Google featured the classic card game “La Lotería” as their second-ever multiplayer GoogleDoodle.  Lotería is a game of a chance, composed of players marking images of sirens, scorpions, drunkards, etc. to create a sequence. It’s basically, a sexier version of bingo.

For some, lotería is a basic Spanish-language learning tool, but for many, the game is a treasured family tradition that is often played around the holidays. The real draw of the game isn’t its gambling aspects, but the beautiful artwork that has become synonymous with Mexican culture. The beautiful artwork is so beloved that it is not uncommon to see tattoos, home goods, wrapping paper, books or even weddings paying tribute to the game. Continue reading

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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Remembering Columbine (20 Years Later)

Columbine Remembered

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
  • And 9/11

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.

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The Ghost Signs of Denver

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.

American Beauty Mural/Ghost Ad

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The Campus That Time Built: Fitzsimons Army Hospital

At the center of the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO lies the old the Fitzsimons Army Hospital or also known as Building 500. These days the old hospital is used for office space for the continuously growing Colorado University (CU) operated campus, but at one time this building served to be one of the most important developments to ever happen to the Denver Metro Area.

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The Story of Fitzsimons Army Hospitals past. @wikimedia

The Fitzsimons Army Hospital was the place where President Eisenhower recovered from his heart attack back in 1954, the birthplace of former Secretary of State and Presidential Nominee, John Kerry, and the home to a bustling military community.

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Solar Eclipse Fever in America

This Monday marks the first time that a total solar eclipse has been truly present across the United States from coast to coast since 1918. The last time a  total eclipse was present, Denver had an ideal view of the event with 100% total coverage.

This time around, the citizens of Denver will only have 94% coverage and will sadly not get to experience all the special phenomenon that is present during a total eclipse. That doesn’t mean eclipse mania has not hit. Many Coloradoans are traveling up to our neighbors in Wyoming to view of the event and special eclipse viewing glasses are hard to find.

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Happy Colorado Day!

Hello everyone,

Welcome to the Denverite Express. In the future you will find posts dedicated to hidden treasures,  forgotten histories, or just curious finds I come across relating back to my home in Colorado and the American West. Here I hope to establish a sense of appreciation for the unique world I have grown with and to also expand my horizons .

Today is Aug. 1st, Colorado day, so I thought today would be the perfect day to begin the little adventures I wish to take you all on.

Copy of Love Colorado

At the moment posts will be restricted to primarily on a monthly basis, but I hope to be more active in the future. If you need something to tie you over, check out my work on Messy Nessy Chic or just check out the website in general. It’s a rabbit hole full of interesting little treats.