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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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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