Colfax Avenue

Colfax Avenue westbound east of downtown Denver
Looking down East Colfax in 1972 with the capitol and the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception seen in the background.
Neon sign of Davies' Chuck Wagon Diner.
Colfax and Broadway, looking east, with the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception visible on the left.

Main street that runs east–west through the Denver metropolitan area in Colorado.

- Colfax Avenue

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U.S. Route 40 in Colorado

Part of the U.S. Highway System that travels from Silver Summit, Utah, to Atlantic City, New Jersey.

US 40 in Byers Canyon between Parshall and Hot Sulphur Springs. The Union Pacific railroad line is visible on the left. The Colorado River is at the bottom of the canyon and is not visible.
View along US 40 in Mount Vernon Canyon, Colorado, 1942. Photo by Andreas Feininger.
US 40 westbound concurrent with I-70 BL and US 287 on Colfax Avenue in Denver

Beginning in Golden, US 40 becomes Colfax Avenue, the main east–west thoroughfare through the Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Area.

Regional Transportation District

Regional agency operating public transit services in eight out of the twelve counties in the Denver-Aurora-Boulder Combined Statistical Area in the U.S. state of Colorado.

RTD Line D--Mineral Station/18th and California St train in downtown Denver
RTD A Line train at Denver Union Station.
Civic Center Station after renovation in 2017.
Map of RTD rail service and fare zones.
Waiting for Express bus from Countryside subdivision.
Union Station
I-25 & Broadway light rail station
Light rail near Union Station
University Station (Univ. of Denver)
Louisiana-Pearl light rail station
W Line train at Jefferson County station heading back to Union Station in Denver.

It was built along Welton Street, through the Five Points district along Stout Street and California Street, and following a railroad right-of-way from Colfax Avenue down to the intersection of I-25 and Broadway.

U.S. Route 287 in Colorado

Portion of a north-south highway in Colorado that travels from the Oklahoma state line just south of Campo to the Wyoming state line north of Fort Collins.

View south along U.S. Highway 287 in Larimer County, Colorado
View south along U.S. Highway 287 entering Kiowa County
US 287 northbound concurrent with I-70 BL and US 40 on Colfax Avenue in Denver

Just past E-470, I-70 and US 36 split to follow a more northerly course, while US 287 and US 40 continue west into Downtown Denver on Colfax Avenue.

Lakewood, Colorado

Home rule municipality that is the most populous municipality in Jefferson County, Colorado, United States.

The Lakewood Civic Center (2009)

The urban and suburban development of the community known as Lakewood was started in 1889 by Charles Welch and W.A.H. Loveland, who platted a 13-block area along Colfax Avenue west of Denver in eastern Jefferson County.

Golden, Colorado

Home rule city that is the county seat of Jefferson County, Colorado, United States.

Golden in 1868
The Astor House Museum, the first stone building in Golden, was a boarding and rooming house from 1867 to 1971.
The Denver Tramway at Golden depot, 1909
Coors Brewery in Golden
Clear Creek, looking east from the Washington Avenue bridge in Golden, with South Table Mountain and tubers
One of the numerous highway tunnels through the rugged terrain between Idaho Springs and Golden

West Colfax Avenue, the historic US 40, runs on an approximately northeast–southwest route through the southern end of the city and turns westward up Mt. Vernon Canyon and parallels I-70.

Aurora, Colorado

Home rule municipality located in Arapahoe, Adams, and Douglas counties, Colorado, United States.

1973 aerial view of Fitzsimons Army Hospital in Aurora, before closure
Buckley Space Force Base
Sod house at the Plains Conservation Center
Florida Station pedestrian bridge over Interstate 225

The Aurora Fox Theatre & Arts Center, another historic landmark, is a 245-seat performing arts facility in the Aurora Cultural Arts District, along East Colfax Avenue.

Interstate 70 in Colorado

Transcontinental Interstate Highway in the United States, stretching from Cove Fort, Utah, to Baltimore, Maryland.

Westbound I-70 on a viaduct inside Glenwood Canyon, paralleling the Colorado River and former Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad (now Union Pacific) main line
The western portal of the Hanging Lake Tunnel; at this point in the canyon both the river and the railroad are directly below the freeway viaducts.
Entrance to the Eisenhower Tunnel
Warning sign stating, "Trucks, Don't be Fooled—4 more miles [4 mi] of steep grades and sharp curves"
I-70 westbound at the US 287 interchange in Denver
I-70 crossing the Rocky Mountains
I-70 descending into Clear Creek Canyon
Beavertail Mountain tunnel as seen from Amtrak's California Zephyr
View from Loveland Pass, showing a hairpin turn along the US 6 alignment on top right, and the straighter I-70 emerging from the Eisenhower Tunnel on the left
Rest area along I-70 at the top of Vail Pass
I-70 in Glenwood Canyon as seen from Amtrak's California Zephyr
CDOT drawing showing how reusing the existing footprint of US 6 combined with elevating two lanes helped minimize the environmental impact of the freeway on Glenwood Canyon
I-70 through the Colorado Plateau

Through the downtown area, US 40 is routed along Colfax Avenue, which served as the primary east–west artery through the Denver area before the construction of I-70.

Capitol Hill, Denver

Capitol Hill highlighted on this map of Denver's neighborhoods.
Grant and 7th, near Gov's Park in Capitol Hill
13th and Pearl, in the heart of Capitol Hill
Wax Trax, 13th and Washington
The east side of the Colorado State Capitol in Capitol Hill

Located in the city and county of Denver, Colorado, the Capitol Hill neighborhood is bordered by Broadway, Downing Street, Colfax Avenue, and Seventh Avenue, which carry large volumes of traffic around the neighborhood.

Schuyler Colfax

American journalist, businessman, and politician who served as the 17th vice president of the United States from 1869 to 1873, and prior to that as the 25th Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1863 to 1869.

Ancestral home of Schuyler Colfax's grandparents William and Hester. Originally built in 1695.
John C. Frémont
Grant Colfax 1868 Campaign Poster
Vice President Schuyler Colfax
Colfax was castigated for his involvement in the Crédit Mobilier scandal in this March 6, 1873, political cartoon in which Uncle Sam is shown encouraging Colfax to commit hara-kiri.
Gravesite of Schuyler Colfax, in South Bend City Cemetery, South Bend, Indiana
Ellen M. Wade, second wife of Schuyler Colfax

The main east–west street traversing Aurora, Denver and Lakewood, Colorado, and abutting the Colorado State Capitol is named Colfax Avenue in the politician's honor; it is also known as the longest continuous commercial street in the U.S. There also is Colfax Place in the Highland Square neighborhood in Akron, Ohio, in Grant City in New York City's Staten Island; in Minneapolis, Minnesota; in Roselle Park, New Jersey; and a Colfax Street on Chicago's South Side.

U.S. Route 36 in Colorado

Major east–west route in the U.S. state of Colorado, extending from Rocky Mountain National Park to the Kansas state line.

Sign on US 34 approaching the western endpoint of US 36 at Deer Ridge Junction in Rocky Mountain National Park
US 36 westbound approaching Estes Park
The view of Boulder from westbound US 36 as the highway descends into the city

At Colfax Avenue, this I-70/US 36 overlap is also joined by US 287 (the third time the two highways come into proximity) and US 40.