Colorado Is Home To the Longest Commercial Street In America
They just don't make streets anymore like Colfax Avenue in Denver.
Not only is Colfax Avenue one of the oldest streets in Colorado, but it is also one of the longest in the nation. It's been called the "longest street in America, but it's actually the longest commercial street in the United States, running more than 26 miles through Aurora, Denver, Lakewood, and Golden.
However, in reality, Colfax extends beyond the boundaries of metro Denver. As you get beyond Aurora it follows I-70 and then US-36 picks up the Colfax name in the towns of Watkins, Bennett, and Strasburg. Some folks in Byes still use East Colfax in their address. If you were to measure Colfax from Strasburg to Golden you would find Colfax is actually more than 53 miles long.
There's a lot of history behind Colfax Avenue - some of it good and some of it bad. It's quite possible you never knew about the historical part of Colfax. A drive down Colfax today would feature a ton of used car dealers, motels, restaurants - and stop lights. There have been a lot of changes over the years.
So here is a look at some interesting facts about Denver's Colfax Avenue, the longest commercial street in America.