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A Treasure Trove of Long Lost Images

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Denver's Bygone Markets

John A. Boyd displaying produce at Denargo City Market, 1939. History Colorado Image Archive
Old Wazee Market buildings, 1939. X-24326
Denver Vegetable Market by William Henry Jackson. WHJ-1020
Aerial view of Denargo City Market, 1939. History Colorado Image Archive

What Happened To Denver's Wazee and Denargo Markets?

Long before the era of King Soopers and Whole Foods, stagecoaches and ox-drawn wagons hauled produce to the Denver area. As a result, Denver’s earliest consumers endured high prices.

Photo Archive Friday

Jodimars Band
Haming it up with fans
Jodimars Band 2

The Jodimars Band – Let’s All Rock Together

Here are some wonderful shots of the Jodimars Band when they visited Denver in 1956. The band was formed from the disgruntled members of the Bill Haley & His Comets after a salary dispute.

Colorado’s Utopian Colonies: Greeley and Nucla

Main Street Pinon, Colorado
Ellen Peterson. The Spell of the Tabeguache. Denver: Sage Books, 1957.
Bridge Crossing San Miguel River at Pinon, Colorado
Union Colony Building  and Colonists in Greeley, Colorado

The Colorado Cooperative Company organized against the backdrop of the Panic of 1893, a horrible financial crisis in which “Discontent and unrest were prevalent everywhere.

Denver Dining of Yore: Pell's Oyster House

Pell's Oyster House by Rocky Mountain Photo Company, between 1900 and 1910. Call Number: X-29479
Photo of George W. Pell, Sr. at age 40. Taken from his obituary in the Daily News, December 25, 1911.
Pell's Oyster House Dining Room by Rocky Mountain Photo Company, circa 1910. Call Number: X-29478
Kitchen at Pell's Oyster House Kitchen by Rocky Mountain Photo Company, circa 1910. Call Number: X-29477

Why Was Denver Oyster-Crazed During The Late 19th Century?


Pell’s Oyster House was part of the Denver dining scene for 56 years. In 1881, George W.

Really Breaking Bad

Opium Den
Still in Pueblo, Colorado
Arrest of Charles Hough, bootlegger
Men Drinking, Sells Floto
Dead Outlaws
Train Destroyed by the Wild Bunch after robbery
Breaking Bad

Old School Heisenberg’s

Before Walter White and Jesse Pinkman cooked up their famous batches of blue “glass,” robbed trains, and made their run as modern day television gangsters; the Old West was rife with real opium dea

Photo Archive Friday

Uknown woman from Ford Collection
Unknown Woman
Rosita Royce and her doves
Balloon or Bubble Dancer possibly Sally Rand

Burlesque photographs

This subject came about when I stumbled upon a folder in our undigitized collection.

The Denver That Never Was: 1976 Winter Olympic Games

Promotional sticker, circa 1972
Elevation of a building facing the proposed speed skating facility, 1969
Proposal for Denver Olympic Village, 1969

How Denver Became the First City in History to Reject the Olympic Games

On May 12, 1970, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) chose Denver to be the host city of the XII Winter Olympic Games (1976).

Here's to the Women of the West!

Wild West Cowgirls
Annie Oakley
Georgia Duffy and Della Ferrell
Native American Women
Womne and Teepees
Annie Oakley

Ladies in the West

In so many histories that are published about the West, often times women are left out or glazed over in a superficial coverage.

Photo Archive Friday

Snow and a blind crossing
Kansas City grade crossing accident
Hand of Instant Death
Grade Crossing tragety at Rocky Ford
Archie Blogett's body by tracks

Watch Out! Railroad Crossing 

This collection of photographs shows the folly of trying to beat a train at a grade crossing. One thing we all know is this never ends well.