Atlas Obscura, the alternative attractions website, found 19 things to do in Denver. However, the last 2, Bump and Grind and Packrat Antiques, were permanently closed, the National Ice Core Lab apparently didn’t welcome visitors, and Ruth and I had already experienced The Buckhorn Exchange and the Unsinkable Molly Brown House. That left 14. We made it to 5 of them and found only one a really outstanding attraction.
Setting out in the morning to see as many of them as we could, we began at the International Church of Cannabis on South Logan Street. Colorado is, after all, a legal marijuana state. So far, 8 of the 50 have legalized pot, and 20 more have OKed it for medical use. In my state, Washington, it’s legal for adults to possess one ounce but illegal to grow the stuff. California allows both possession and cultivation and, I hear, is making a lot of money from the latter. The International Church of Cannabis, we soon learned, is only opened on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday when it practices the new religion of Elevationism. I did take pictures of its door, but no one was around to explain Elevationism to us so we headed for linger.
This restaurant, the Linger Eatuary, is in a building that used to be the Olinger Family Mortuary. Buffalo Bill Cody was its most famous guest. His body was here for 6 months while 2 states argued about his final resting place. When it became a restaurant, the new owners only had to drop the O to have a less morbid name. “Deathly touches abound,” Atlas Obscura assures its readers. Alas, it had not yet opened for the day when Ruth and I showed up. However, they let us in the see it and gave us permission to go up on the roof and photograph the original sign and the Little Man ice cream can. This ice cream seller next door was opened, so Ruth sampled one of its exotic flavors and judged it weird.
We also made it to the Forney Transportation Museum that we both thought was more-than-ready-for-a-makeover, the State Capitol to see The Mile High marker, and the American Museum of Western Art. We certainly agreed with Atlas Obscura’s criticism of the Forney’s outdated mannequins. We decided to take a tour of the capitol building.
Late in the day, we both agreed that the Blue Mustang at the airport sounded interesting but was too far away and that the haunted Cheesman Park was too large to consider seeing on this trip. The best attraction, the western art museum, was remarkable and a truly 5 Compass attraction. It may be the best unheralded tourist spot in Denver. Everyone we talked to was glad to be there and raved about this exceptional museum’s stunning collections. More about it later.