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Colfax Avenue Visions

A Colfax street sign is reflected in the windows of a bookstore.

Colfax was named for the 19th-century politician Schuyler Colfax.

Denver is reflected in the windows of the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse.

The Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.

Neon signs decorate Colfax at night.

The Squire Lounge is one of Colfax's favorite dive bars.

Mezcal offers more than 270 kinds of tequila.

An old motel sign graces West Colfax.

Colfax Avenue is 26.1 miles long.

A barber shop on Colfax.

Artwork along West Colfax.

Pete Contos owns numerous restaurants around Denver.

Colfax Avenue is the longest commercial street in the USA.

The Light Chamber art sculpture.

Playboy magazine once called Colfax "the longest, wickedest street in America."

The Ogden Theater, on Colfax in Capitol Hill, was built in 1917.

Cardboard cutouts peek out of a vacant storefront on Colfax.

A smoke shop on Colfax.

The Bluebird Theater was built in 1913.

Colfax Avenue is a 26-mile ribbon of blacktop running through the heart of Denver. This photo essay offers a glimpse in the everyday sights of the city's most urban street. 
Ah, Colfax. The mere mention of the equally famous and infamous avenue conjures a wide range of images and ideas, some based in reality and others defined by decades of reputation. 

But Colfax is no mere street -- it's a dynamic reminder of where Denver has been, and where the city is going, with a whole host of different flavors, hues and textures. The city is home to a 10-mile stretch of what is often hyped as the country's longest urban street, and it's in the midst of all kinds of change. So keep your eyes peeled -- the Colfax of past memories, fond or not, is not going to sit still for long.

Photos by Kara Pearson Gwinn.
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