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Silverman: Colfax winds through Denver’s history. It should be known for more than crime.

No thoroughfare in Colorado is more famous than Colfax. As a vital part of America’s first coast-to-coast road, US Route 40, Colfax Avenue occupies 50 miles of the National Road envisioned by Gen. George Washington.  Learning about Colfax is a journey back to America’s founding. Exploring Schuyler Colfax, Jr., and his namesake avenue, provides profound […]

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How should history be told? Rising Colorado voices are pushing museums to rethink their approach

Long before the height of the civil rights movement, something rare was starting in the Colorado mountains. Nestled in Gilpin County, “a Black utopia” thrived for nearly four decades in the form of a mountain resort built by African Americans, for African Americans — the only of its kind west of the Mississippi. Operating between […]

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From cheeseburgers to Ma Barker’s boy, heavyweight boxers and bears, Colorado has no shortage of roadside attractions

Probably once a week, a client wanders into the Key Bank branch on Speer Boulevard, just west of Interstate 25 in Denver, and while taking care of financial matters ultimately veers the conversation to … cheeseburgers. Specifically, they want to talk about the Humpty Dumpty Barrel Drive-In, the first eatery of its kind in the […]

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For the first time, Colorado has a Latina state historian. Here’s what Nicki Gonzales hopes to accomplish.

On Sunday — Colorado Day, marking the state’s 145th birthday — Nicki Gonzales will become the official state historian, and the first Latino person to assume the role. Gonzales, a professor of history and vice provost for diversity and inclusion at Regis University, will serve a one-year term, succeeding historian and author Duane Vandenbusche. Gonzales […]