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Published on Nov 30, 2015
Colfax Avenue is the longest commercial street in the U.S.A. after first appearing on Denver maps in 1868 as a dirt road and then becoming a bustling trolley route in The Mile High City in the 1890s. Today, the street is lined with an eclectic mix of eateries, bars, brewpubs and shops, as well as entertainment and live music venues like the Fillmore Auditorium, the Ogden and the Bluebird theaters. These iconic performance spaces have hosted artists from across the country including Bob Dylan, Michael Franti, Snoop Dogg, Lorde and the and Trey Anastasio Band, and they also feature local bands like Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats. Playboy once referred to Colfax as "the longest, wickedest street in America." The street's diversity is best seen by exploring on foot starting at the State Capitol and heading east to Upper Colfax and East Colfax. Don't miss local favorites -- the Tattered Cover Book Store housed in the historic Lowenstein Theatre, the Twist and Shout record store, Voodoo Doughnut, the Sie FilmCenter for independent films and gyros at a Greek Town diner.