A Nostalgic’s Dream

Motel vac

One of the many neon gems on Colfax Avenue. This is heading east.

Photo by Gregory R.C. Hasman

Colfax Avenue in Denver, Colorado is known as neon row. It is filled with creativity and a dose of class.

On Monday as I was heading back to Rock Springs, Wyoming, I decided to head west on Colfax, also known as U.S. Highway 40, to see if I can find some more gems along the way.

In Lakewood, just outside of Denver, I stopped for a trip down memory lane.

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I admit I filter or edit many pictures including neon signs.

Photo by Gregory R.C. Hasman

Davies’ Chuck Wagon Diner┬ápays respect to the state’s Old West heritage while incorporating the stainless steel 50’s era diner more commonplace in the East Coast.

In 1957, the diner was brought from a New Jersey manufacturer. The 46-ton establishment was shipped to Colorado by rail and was placed on its current foundation.

In 1997, the National Historic Society inducted Davies’ Chuck Wagon Diner into the National Historical Registry.

The Experience

After opening the door, Bob Seger could be heard playing on a distant tabletop jukebox. Waitresess with sweat trickling down their foreheads took chocolate milks and strips of bacon to the counter while others greeted customers with, “What can I do for you?” as they put menus on the table.

By 9 a.m. people were standing by the door waiting for their chance to enjoy a meal down memory lane.

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Photo by Gregory R.C. Hasman

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