Lake Steam Bath – Denver, CO

November 30, 2008 at 7:58 am 1 comment

When photographing neon, I usually try to get some sort of story about the place. So often the folks owning the business or working there know nothing about the sign or the history. However, this was different. The owner is the grandson of the man who started the business.

Opened in 1927 by a Russian immigrant, this business has been in the family and open the entire time. The owner said that his grandpa was a firm believer in the benefits of steam on a person’s health. While it is nothing to look at on the outside, for a place to be open 80 years and still be respectable says something for the ownership.

The sign does have heavy plastic covering the neon after it was destroyed during a hail storm several years ago. This one is also located on Colfax in Denver (It seems that almost all the neon in Denver is on Colfax, which is also US Route 6)

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  • 1. Greg  |  December 29, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    I love your site, which I found it when you commented on mine. I’ve seen various protective shields in other places too; there’s a great bowling alley sign in Wichita that’s protected by ugly hardware cloth. I’m told that some insurers demand this sort of thing.

    I can’t find a contact address for you, but here’s more info on a few of Hutchinson’s neon signs: http://www.thelope.com/2007/11/parade-of-neon.html We have more, but they were not on the parade route and will be in another story.

    If you come my way, do send me an email.

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