NEWS: Future of Colfax Museum in Jeopardy After Flash Flooding
By Liz Gelardi, The Denver Channel | The collection needs to find a new home! DENVER — A nearly full dumpster sits outside the building that housed a collection like no other.
“I mean I’m not alone in my Colfax obsession, by any means,” said Jonny Barber, the curator of the Colfax Museum.
Barber has been sharing his obsession ever since he started a website and eventually a museum that pays tribute to the so-called “longest, wickedest street in America.” His artifacts were being stored at Pasternack’s Art Hub in Lakewood when flash flooding hit.
“The freak storm came through and just leveled everything,” said Barber.
Barber was already planning to move because this isn’t the first flood. He moved into the building last summer and says there was some flooding before he was fully settled in.
“Then 2 1/2 weeks ago when we got the second flood, that was enough for me to start looking for a new location. And like I said, stuff was in boxes and packed and getting ready to go and the third flood came ripping through here,” said Barber.
His collection includes everything from neon signs that were once displayed on Colfax to old photos and a mannequin that was at the old Sid King’s Crazy Horse Bar.
Some of his items were spared because they’re currently being displayed as part of an exhibit at the Denver International Airport.
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“Right now, no location and I’m totally out of money. I put my last time to get this going and just when we were all like, ‘Hey we’re going to open,’ so I don’t have the resources whatsoever to open,” said Barber.
He is raising money in hopes that he continue sharing his love of Colfax. Donations are being accepted online through the Colfax Museum’s website.
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From Rudy Grant | There is a wonderful exhibit of the history of Denver’s Colfax Ave. on display at DIA – Denver International Airport (Jeppeson Terminal) located on level 6 at the entry of Concourse A – You’ll find the Z-Bar, Four Seasons, Blue Bird Theater, etc.
Jonny has done a GREAT JOB in putting this wonderful project together – This is a MUST SEE display!
Jonny Barber is a singer/songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author from Denver, Colorado.
He earned his distinction as a Renaissance Man, not only as a Rock and Roller, but also as curator of The Colfax Museum, dedicated to the history of Schuyler Colfax and Colfax Avenue: the Longest, Wickedest Main Street in America. He has also written a book about Colfax, and another about his walk with Elvis called “In His Shoes”, chronicling his time spent as The Velvet Elvis.
Jonny’s new 7″ vinyl record out on Root 40 Records hits in Summer 2019, something he feels is the best thing he’s ever done.
Jonny Barber performs originals and choice covers, with Americana, rock, rockabilly, country & blues – More at http://www.jonnybarber.com