Category Archives: Interesting Buildings

The Stanley Hotel

Sally and I were footloose over Thanksgiving, so we decided to head out of town for two nights. Our destination was The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park. I’d driven through the town before, and seen the hotel up on the … Continue reading

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Hole N’ the Rock

This tourist trap comes complete with a misplaced apostrophe. Hole N’ the Rock is about five miles south of Moab. It advertises itself with huge letters painted in white on a cliff. We were the only visitors when we arrived … Continue reading

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Manitou Springs Cliff Dwellings

It’s hard to know exactly what’s what at this place. The cliff dwelling isn’t an original, but the story goes that much of the material was scrounged from actual cliff dwelling ruins elsewhere in the state. The bricks were brought … Continue reading

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Will Rogers Shrine of the Son

Spencer Penrose made millions in mining. He invested in the Colorado Springs area—the Broadmoor Resort was his most notable achievement. He sponsored the first race up Pikes Peak, and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is his creation. He also built a … Continue reading

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The Number 2 Restroom in America

Tourists were coming to Lucas, Kansas to see the artwork. There were no public bathrooms in town. So the fine people of Lucas built one. Shaped like a toilet. With mosaics inside and out. And called it Bowl Plaza. And … Continue reading

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Bishop’s Castle

In 1959, a Colorado teen named Jim Bishop bought a couple acres of woods in the Wet Mountains in southern Colorado. In the early 60’s, after marrying his wife Phoebe, he began building rock cabin on his land. Passers-by thought … Continue reading

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The Victor Trading Co.

We left the bustle of Cripple Creek and drove to the almost-empty Victor. Our first stop was The Victor Trading Company, known for hand-made brooms, an old hand-operated printing press and various other crafts and goods. The inside was packed … Continue reading

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Denver City and County Building

For years, the Denver City and County Building has been lit up at Christmas. After finished the tour of the Botanic Gardens, we drove about five miles to see it. We were deliberately looking for things to do in Colorado as … Continue reading

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