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.
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.
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.