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Old 08-01-2013, 11:14 AM
 
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If you were here in '65 you surely remember the absolutely devastating Platte River flood. My family lived on Florida Ave between Zuni and Federal, about a mile west of Ruby Hill Park. We only suffered minimal basement flooding from water rushing over the curb and pooling about 6" deep on our front lawn. Found a few videos and pictures that really brings it all back:


FLOOD TOLL HEAVY: Kansas Hard Hit As Colorado Dig Out - YouTube


A silent video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQPrbC6IwHk


Centennial Race Track Flood Footage starts about the 12:45 mark:


Centennial Racetrack: Racing with the River - YouTube


Pictures:

Denver Public Library Western History/Genealogy Digital Collections

1965 South Platte River Floods

buckfifty.org 1960s
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Old 08-01-2013, 07:49 PM
 
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It was a dark day in Denver's history, for sure. I ought to know, I spent nearly four decades in the Denver metro area, was living in Englewood when the June floods came through.

Speaking of dark, one of the things I'll always remember was how dark the skies were that morning from one end of the metro area to the other. As early as 10 in the morning Englewood and Arapahoe Country law enforcement went through neighborhoods and told people that Santa Fe Drive was closed as was several east-west streets in the area. We didn't live that far from the South Platte River. We could see it and hear it.

By the time it went through Littleton the river knocked out every bridge west of So. Santa Fe Drive from Bowles Avenue all the way to 6th Ave. There used to be a number of small mom and pop motels on So. Santa Fe from Dartmouth to Evans. All those motels and trailer/rv parks were swept through the area, along with lots of businesses. They found couches, mattresses, stoves, refrigerators, etc, etc., all the way to the Nebraska state line. And sadly, bodies as well. The flood basically divided Denver, Sheridan, Littleton, and Englewood in half. Road repairs took months. Utilities were knocked out of several neighborhoods for days.

And 85/87 (now Interstate 25)? You could see dozens of chunks of highway on hillsides. It took Colorado a long time to get over this disaster, a long time. I was amazed only 22 people lost their lives. Law enforcement, fire dept., city workers, and various citizens who volunteered got the word out in a few hours notice in the lower neighborhoods because it could have been worse. Much worse.

The total damage in dollars was $450 million. I'm not sure what that adds up to in todays dollars, probably don't want to know.
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Old 08-04-2013, 08:30 AM
 
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Smile Canary, Denver, Clubs and more.

CANARY WAS A GREAT BAND! Actually they were the #1 band booked by Great American Talent (G.A.T.). 303-770-5000 was their old phone number, can't believe I still remember it. Canary's drummer actually set his cymbals on fire for his drum solo (not his drums) including a huge Gong that was right behind him. Other bands from that Era were The Wumblies, with late drummer Randy Castillo, Dave Martin on guitar and George on vocals. Mammoth was another great band and they all played Mr. Lucky's. Loved those days, I remember getting stoned and walking on East Colfax at night where there were hundreds of people doing the same thing. Stoners, Hookers, Queens, GI's, Blacks, Whites, Gays. There were Churches, Strip Joints, Porno Shops, 7-11's, Denny's, you name it it was all out there and everyone seemed to get along just fine thank you.

I too had a band called Foxfire and later we changed it to The Bash, but we never enjoyed the stature of the other bands. My Sweet Lass, Friday's and Saturday's, The Loft, The God Father were the places to be. Remember the Disco upstairs from of Mr' Lucky's, all the blacks were there to dance to soul and disco which was just taking hold across America. Remember the movie theater on Colorado Blvd. close to i-25 where Jaws played their for at least a year straight and it was always packed! Don't forget the Super-Star and Graham Central in nearby Colorado Springs. These were the days early in the 70's before East Denver was ever built. Things are so different now, it all seems like a dream.
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Old 08-06-2013, 05:13 PM
 
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You know when I was a teen in Aurora/Denver in the 70's, I thought my life was pretty lackluster.. And even downright crappy..... I used to think of all the cool places I wished I lived - Hawaii and be surfin all day and eatin at luauas....Vegas and hangin on the strip and seeing all the fancy casinos and shows and celebrities, California for the beaches, celebrities, movie studios etc.... Florida for the beaches and wild women and the islands being not too far away.......

And now I look back at these threads and realize I had a pretty great bunch of teen years... And it kinda makes me sad that so many places from my youth are gone and things have changed so much....
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Old 08-26-2013, 10:30 AM
 
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In 1979 at age 19, I moved to Aurora from Pueblo and stayed until early 1982. I worked in Montebello at a couple of different places. Went to Billy Jacks when they had bands. I can't believe how tiny it was. It's now a fingernail salon. There was a 3.2 disco just east of Quebec on Montview in a basement. Anyone remember the name? It was a pretty lively place.

My buds and I also went to the Kaiserkeller on West Mississippi, The Loft, The Godfather, Mr. Luckys, and the Zanzibar on east Colfax.

I'm curious if anyone remembers the big musical instrument store on Colorado Ave? It was a 2 story place with tons of gear. Colorado Music?
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Old 08-26-2013, 10:56 AM
 
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Okay.... HUGE trip down memory lane! Things I miss in Denver that are gone (forever?!):
Colorado Mining Company's all you can eat steak...wow!
Panama Red / Packards (Formerly the Lady and The Dove)
Mardi Gras
Rainbow Music Hall
The small showplace across from the Proof Of The Pudding
Trader Vics on Broadway
(Glendale restaurant with the waterfalls)
Cinder Alley
Cooper / Cooper Cameo with the raised smoking section
Centennial Horse Racing
Celebrity Lanes
All the Drive In Theaters
Stormy Rottman
Super Saver in Crestmoor
Soda Straw
Yum Yum Tree
The Aladdin Theater
Twilight Golf Course on a summer night
Driving to Baskin Robbins on 14th & Krameria in dad’s convertible… again, on a summer night
Hummel’s Deli in Cherry Creek
VFW Post #1 – best Chinese Food take out!
TeleTunes on Channel 12
Peaches Record Store on Evans by DU
The Quorum across from the Capital
Getting Icees at the Sears on Speer in Cherry Creek
The Tom Slick Show
The old Mile High when it was Bear's Field
94th Aero Squadron
.............................
Folks smiling and saying "Hello"
Walking down the street without being overcome by the smell of pot
No gangbangers
people speaking English
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And up the hill in Estes Park.. the Dawg Haus and Ripley's Believe It Or Not
Nice list. Even though I didn't move to Aurora until 1979, I was there often as I lived in Pueblo. My brother moved up a few years before I did, so I'd sometimes come up on weekends and take the bus around town - perfectly safe back then.

Casa Bonita, the Yum Yum Tree, and Cinderella City were regular stops on school trips (of course we all dropped down to Cinder Alley.) I went to Celebrity Lanes and Peaches Records often. Saw a concert at the Rainbow (one hit wonder Bruce Cockburn.)

Yea, it's is definitely a different town now.
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Old 08-26-2013, 10:06 PM
 
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In 1979 at age 19, I moved to Aurora from Pueblo and stayed until early 1982. I worked in Montebello at a couple of different places. Went to Billy Jacks when they had bands. I can't believe how tiny it was. It's now a fingernail salon. There was a 3.2 disco just east of Quebec on Montview in a basement. Anyone remember the name? It was a pretty lively place.

My buds and I also went to the Kaiserkeller on West Mississippi, The Loft, The Godfather, Mr. Luckys, and the Zanzibar on east Colfax.

I'm curious if anyone remembers the big musical instrument store on Colorado Ave? It was a 2 story place with tons of gear. Colorado Music?
It was called the Pub...I used to be a bouncer there.....
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Old 08-27-2013, 03:27 AM
 
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"Oh the old 3.2 bars." was a senior in high school when DJ Paul Italiano was at thirsty's; later Rock Island. Any 80's goovers like me..Rock Island,Pogos on the Hill in Boulder,Fishdance? Menory Lane for me just past the rock Led Zeppelin generation..more Devo,Blondie,The Cars,Ramones. Later into acid house,jungle,trip hop. amyle house,..think 23 Parrish, The Garage. the old school Bug theatre performance art bands..Skinny puppy meets Black Flag.
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Old 08-27-2013, 03:31 AM
 
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"Oh the old 3.2 bars." was a senior in high school when DJ Paul Italiano was a thirstys; later Rock Island. Any 80's goovers like me..Rock Island,Pogos on the Hill in Boulder,Fishdance? Menory Lane for me just past the rock Led Zeppelin generation..more Devo,Blondie,The Cars,Ramones.

I forgot about Rock Island....

Thirsty's....ahh memories..my older sibling used to get rip roaring drunk and cause problems. I would have to call a taxi. We laugh about it all the time.
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Old 08-27-2013, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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It was called the Pub...I used to be a bouncer there.....
The Pub, that's it. Thanks. You probably threw me out of there a few times.
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