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Roadside Attractions

Roadside Attractions - Colorado

Here are links to some notable roadside attractions (past and present) found along Route 40.

Madonna of the TrailMadonna of the Trail - Colorado (Lamar, CO)
"The monument is located at South Main Street (Lamar Highway) and Beech Streets, Lamar, Colorado. This monument was dedicated on September 24, 1928. T......"

IconKit Carson Museum (Kit Carson, CO)
"This is a great little museum focusing on local history and life on the high plains. This is a worthy diversion!......"

IconRailroad Station (Hugo, CO)
"This old depot has been moved to this location. Now part of a town park......."

Wonder TowerWonder Tower (Genoa, CO)
"The billboards used to declare, "SEE SIX STATES!" My parents never took me here, despite my most irritating pleas. They knew a tourist trap from 100 ......"

Methodist ChurchMethodist Church (Limon, CO)

IconDeer Trail Rodeo (Deer Trail, CO)
"The world's first rodeo was held here on July 4, 1869......."

IconByers Race Track (Byers, CO)
"Dog racing......."

Comanche CrossingComanche Crossing Historical Society & Museum (Transcontinental Railroad Museum) (Strasburg, CO)
"If you think the transcontinental railroad was completed at Promontory Point, Utah, you've been had! While the Utah site is the place where the rails ......"

Fitzsimons Army HospitalFitzsimons Army Medical Center (Fitzsimons Army Hospital) (Aurora, CO)

IconNew East 70 Drive-In (closed) (East 70 Drive-In, East Drive-In) (Aurora, CO)

IconGiant Hercules Beetle/May Natural History Museum/Museum of Space Exploration (Colorado Springs, CO)
"A fascinating museum containing over 100,000 insects (about 8,000 are on display at any given time). Next door is the Museum of Space Exploration. ......"

Air Force Academy GateAir Force Academy (Colorado Springs, CO)

Cheyenne Mountain ZooCheyenne Mountain Zoo (Colorado Springs, CO)

Will Rogers Shrine of the SunWill Rogers Shrine of the Sun (Colorado Springs, CO)

Cheyenne LodgeCheyenne Lodge (ruins) (Colorado Springs, CO)
"Located at the summit of Cheyenne Mountain, the ruins of this old lodge are only accessible by hiking the route of the old summit road. Far below, ins......"

IconOutreach of Love (Aurora, CO)

IconBig Blue Chair (Aurora, CO)

Administration Building, Lowry FieldLowry Air Force Base (Denver, CO)
"Opened in 1938. Former Air Force base and the original home of the Air Force Academy. Closed in 1994. The site is now a college, park land and prof......"

IconMontclair Lutheran Church (site) (Denver, CO)

Miracle House and Pixieland GolfMiracle House and Pixieland Golf (closed) (East Manitou Springs, CO)
"Another one of those houses with built-in optical illusions. I'm not completely sure how they expected anyone to play a decent round of miniature golf......"

IconBuffalo Bill Wax Museum (Manitou Springs, CO)
"Once located at the historic Briarhurst Manor, the museum features wax representations of all the big names in American western history, mostly outlaw......"

Foote Hall at the Colorado Women's CollegeColorado Women's College (Denver, CO)
"This former college was acquired by the University of Denver. The campus is now home to Johnson and Wales University......."

Cave of the WindsCave of the Winds (Manitou Springs, CO)
"Probably the most well known of the roadside attractions in the Centennial State. The Cave offers a general tour, a discover tour and even a full-day ......"

IconBluebird Theatre (Denver, CO)

Sullivan Gateway to City ParkCity Park (Denver, CO)
"At 330 acres, this is the largest park in Denver. Home of the City Municipal Golf Course, Denver Zoo and Museum of Nature and Science......."

Monkey Island at the Denver Zoo, City ParkDenver Zoo (Denver, CO)

East Side High SchoolEast High School (East Side High School) (Denver, CO)

Mary Reed Library, University of DenverUniversity of Denver (Denver, CO)

Cheesman MemorialCheesman Park and Memorial (Denver, CO)
"Built on the site of the former Prospect Hill Cemetery. Named after Walter Cheesman......."

IconForney Transportation Museum (Denver, CO)
"Over 500 exhibits. If it rolls, it's probably in the museum somewhere. Chevron gasoline truck by roy.luck, on Flickr......."

IconDenver Stockyards (Denver, CO)

Wynken, Blynken and Nod Fountain at Washington ParkWashington Park (Denver, CO)
"Built in 1899......."

IconOgden Theatre (Denver, CO)

IconFilmore Auditorium (Denver, CO)

Immaculate Conception CathedralImmaculate Conception Cathedral (Denver, CO)
"Completed in 1911......."

IconSonny Lawson Baseball Field (Denver, CO)
"Beat writer Neal Cassady walked through this baseball field every day as a child. In 1949, Jack Kerouac watched a baseball game here and wrote about ......"

Denver MintDenver Mint (Denver, CO)
"Built in 1897. It is the largest producer of coins in the world......."

IconGiant Chair and Horse (Denver, CO)
"Just a stone's throw from Route 40 (Colfax Avenue) is the Denver Public Library. Outside of the library is a giant 25-foot tall chair. While the place......"

Civic Center LibraryCarnegie Old Public Library (Denver, CO)

Old Post OfficeByron R. White United States Courthouse (Old Post Office) (Denver, CO)
"Built in 1916......."

City and County BuildingCity and County Building/Civic Center (Denver, CO)

Colorado State CapitolColorado State Capitol (Denver, CO)
"Opened in 1894. It's dome is made of real gold plate. The 13th step on the west side of the building is exactly 5,280 feet above sea level (the elev......"

IconDenver Mint (Denver, CO)

IconDenver Firefighters Museum (Denver, CO)

Sunken GardensSunken Gardens (Denver, CO)

West High SchoolWest High School (Denver, CO)

Daniels and Fisher TowerDaniels and Fisher Tower (Denver, CO)
"Built in 1910, it was part of the Daniels and Fisher department store. When it was built it was the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River. ......"

Mountain States Telephone BuildingMountain States Telephone Building (Denver, CO)

Municipal AuditoriumDenver Arena (site) (Municipal Auditorium) (Denver, CO)
"Constructed in 1908 and was site of the 1908 Democratic National Convention. Led Zepplin played their first U.S. concert here on December 26, 1968. ......"

Denver Union StationUnion Station (Denver, CO)

IconSt. Leo's Catholic Church (site) (Denver, CO)
"Razed in 1965......."

IconFirst Spanish M.E. Church (site) (Denver, CO)
"This location is now part of the Metropolitan State College of Denver......."

IconBuckhorn Exchange (Denver, CO)
"The Buckhorn is one of Denver's oldest bars and restaurants and is a carnivore and hunter's delight. (Vegetarians and PETA folk should bypass this pla......"

IconElitch Gardens Six Flags (Denver, CO)

IconWorld's Largest Cream Can (Denver, CO)
"Little Man Ice Cream from RoadsideArchitecture.com......."

IconChurch of God in Christ (site) (Denver, CO)
"This location is now a highway interchange......."

Alferd PackerAlfred (Alferd) Packer's Grave (Littleton, CO)
"Colorado's famous cannibal Afred Packer (aka Alferd Packer) is buried in Littleton Cemetery. He was convicted of murdering his five colleagues, but wa......"

IconInvesco Field (Mile High Stadium) (Denver, CO)

IconColorado Sports Hall of Fame (Denver, CO)

IconPentecostal Christian Church (site) (Denver, CO)
"This location is now a highway interchange......."

IconIglesia De Jesu Christo Church (Denver, CO)
"This location is now a highway interchange......."

IconCongregation Zera Israel (site) (Denver, CO)
"This location is now a car dealership......."

IconElitch Gardens (original site) (Denver, CO)

IconLakeside Amusement Park (Denver, CO)

IconCasa Bonita Restaurant (Lakewood, CO)
"Definitely not a roadside attraction, but worth mentioning. Casa Bonita is more of a roadside diversion, and should even be listed with restaurants. H......"

IconChapel of the Angels Weddings (site) (Lakewood, CO)

IconMiniature State Capitals at the Capitol Court Motel (CO)
"The motel and the 1/2 inch scale model of the Colorado capital are gone. There's a strip mall there today......."

IconColfax Drive-In (site) (Lakewood, CO)
"This location is now an empty lot......."

IconProstitution Museum (Cripple Creek, CO)
"Advertised as an 1890's brothel, kids 10-13 are half price and under 10 are free. I love it! I can just hear the curious tikes asking, Daddy, what's a......"

IconDinosaur Ridge (Morrison, CO)

IconEast Tincup (site) (Golden, CO)
"This location is now an RV park......."

Red Rocks ParkRed Rocks Park (Morrison, CO)
"Home of the Red Rocks Amphitheatre......."

Red Rocks AmphitheatreRed Rocks Amphitheatre (Morrison, CO)
"Part of Red Rocks Park. Concerts have been held at the site since 1906, however, the present amphitheatre wasn't constructed until 1941......."

Christ statue at the Mother Cabrini ShrineMother Cabrini Shrine (Golden, CO)

Buffalo Bill Museum and GraveBuffalo Bill Grave and Museum (Golden, CO)
"Just off Route 40 is Buffalo Bill's grave. Many people are surprised to find William F. Cody buried here in Colorado since he is so closely identified......"

Clear Creek Canyon from Colorow PointColorow Mountain Park (Golden, CO)

Argo MillArgo Mine & Mill Museum (Idaho Springs, CO)

IconSteve Canyon Statue (Idaho Springs, CO)
"In 1947, Squirrel Gulch was renamed Steve Canyon after the comic strip hero. Three years later, a giant statue of Steve Canyon was erected. Amazingly,......"

Central CityCentral City (Central City, CO)
"This former mining town is a pleasant diversion from Route 40. The gold discoveries here gave the city the nickname 'The Richest Square Mile on Earth......"

Teller HouseCentral City (continued) (Central City, CO)
"More photos of Central City......."

IconLone Star Uranium-Radon Mine (Idaho Springs, CO)

Bridal Veil Falls and WaterwheelBridal Veil Falls and Waterwheel (Idaho Springs, CO)
"Built by miner Charlie Tayler in 1891. Tayler lived a long live life because he never bathed nor kissed women. I think there's a causal relationship......"

IconMuffler Man (Idaho Springs, CO)
"I have been told that there is a Muffler Man in Idaho Springs. I have yet to find it. If you know of its existence, please contact me......."

Echo LakeEcho Lake Park (Idaho Springs, CO)
"On the Mount Evans Scenic Byway......."

Skiing at Bertthoud PassBerthoud Pass Ski Area (site) (CO)

Icon40th Parallel (Granby, CO)
"Some people believe that U.S. Route 40 obtained its numerical designation because it approximated the 40th parallel lattitude line. This is incorrect......."

Hot Sulphur Springs ResortHot Sulphur Springs Resort (Hot Sulphur Springs, CO)

IconMineral Baths (Hot Sulphur Springs, CO)

Mount ElbertMount Elbert (Nathrop, CO)
"Elevation 14,443 feet. This highest point in Colorado as well as the Rocky Mountains in North America......."

Fish Creek FallsFish Creek Falls (Steamboat Springs, CO)

IconStrawberry Park Hot Springs (Steamboat Springs, CO)

IconOld Town Hot Springs (Steamboat Springs, CO)

Steamboat Springs RodeoSteamboat Springs Rodeo (Steamboat Springs, CO)

Howelsen HillHowelsen Hill (Steamboat Springs, CO)
"Alpine ski center......."

Steamboat SpringSteamboat Spring (Steamboat Springs, CO)

Shoshone Hydroelectric PlantShoshone Hydroelectric Plant (site) (Glenwood Springs, CO)
"The site of this former plant is now a parking area for the Glenwood Canyon Recreational (Bike) Trail......."

Shoshone DamShoshone Dam (Glenwood Springs, CO)

IconGlenwood Hot Springs Hotel (Glenwood Springs, CO)
"The hotel features the world's largest hot springs pool. ......"

IconGlenwood Caverns (Glenwood Springs, CO)
"Glenwood Caves was first opened over a hundred years ago. For a number of reasons (including WWI), the caves remained closed for more than 80 years. T......"

Plug Hat Mesa on Harpers Corner RoadDinosaur National Monument (Dinosaur, CO)

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Last updated: 2009-09-08 04:28:09

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