COBWEB CORNERS: The Avenue in the ‘20s (cont.)
By Mel McFarland
Continuing from last week (using Ted Wright's memories of Colorado Avenue in the 1920s), we are on the corner of Colorado and 25th, by today's Meadow Muffins, about to cross the street. Across the street is the Palace Market and Grocery, owned by the Perry family. The Odd Fellows meet above the Palace. Moving up the street, we find Chamberlain Variety Store, Koch's Drug store, Sanitary Market and Jeffries Drug store sitting next to each other. Dr. Morrison has an office above Jeffries.
The post office is next, followed by Cullett Barber Shop. Later on the post office expanded behind the barber shop. Nathan Apple's Shoe Repair operates where Rocky Mountain Embroidery is today. Scott Decorating Company and Sign Shop is up the street. Mr. Wright is not sure where it was, but as I remember, it was several doors east down the street. Davis Used Furniture and Dinty Moore's Sign shop finishes the block, save for Smith's Shoe Repair.
Back at 25th, a Safeway has moved into what was a furniture store. The Sanitary Laundry occupies quite a bit of the block. This later will become SnoWhite. In the middle of the block is a Piggly Wiggly Grocery and Mrs. Perry's restaurant. Mr. Hill has a small barber shop, but he moves around to open buildings fairly often. Colorado City has a car dealer - Nelson Motor Company, an Overland dealership. This became part of General Motors. The Army store sold excess World War I items. On the corner Dinty Moore has moved in; his wife runs Object de Arts. M. K. Meyers was in this building before Moore.
According to Mr. Wright, most of the old timers stayed away from the south side of Colorado and Cucharras because of the old saloons and other questionable businesses located along there. It is easy to see how the laundry was able to pick up space for expansion as some of these places had closed a decade earlier. The grocery and drug store businesses were certainly in abundance. The next block has changed considerably, and at some point down the road I will talk about it more. Thank you, Ted, for this look at the Avenue.