The Colfax Museum is a History Museum and official 501 (c)(3) Non-Profit Organization dedicated to Schuyler Colfax and Colfax Avenue: the Longest, Wickedest Main Street in America that bears his name. We aim to preserve and protect the unique culture and identity of Colorado’s Colfax Avenue, bringing together the elements of the past with the future vision for the street. The Colfax Museum provides an enlightening education regarding Colorado’s history along the legendary strip and showcases an extensive collection of one-of-a-kind Colfax items and curiosities.
Jonny Barber, or “Jonny B.” as he’s fondly known, first heard about Colfax Avenue while reading On the Road by Jack Kerouac while in high school in Salt Lake City. But his earliest personal experience with the stretch of road known as the “longest and wickedest street in America” was his first time playing in a band at the Lion’s Lair in 1995, about six years after moving to Colorado. At that show, he fell in love with Colfax.
Fifteen years ago, Jonny & Anistacia Barber launched colfaxavenue.com (now colfaxavenue.org), which documented stories, photographs, history and Artifax from “The Fax”. All this time, The Barbers have been collecting Everything Colfax: signs off the street from closing businesses, an ashtray here, an awning there, until they had enough collectibles to open a museum in November 2017.
The museum first got its' start at Ed Moore Florist, all thanks to owner Lydia Mary. From there the museum moved West to find its' new home inside the Pasternack's Art Hub in the 40 West Arts District in Lakewood, Colorado. After the museum discovered the new location was in a flood zone (the HARD way), discussion in currently in the works for several potential new locations on Colfax. In the meantime, all of the Colfax Museum’s collection is in storage.