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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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.
If you venture up towards 11th ave and Bannock St, you’ll come across a walk down memory lane. At 1089 Bannock Street (Rocky Mountain PBS Studio) you will find the remains of Denver’s short-lived TV walk of fame.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.