A rutted road developed west of Denver in the 1850s, Colfax Avenue originally attracted Eastern European immigrants. These early settlers built a tubercular sanatorium, planted apple orchards and established pig farms. In 1960, the development of the freeway system decimated the area along this once central vein of the city, and it fell into despair.
Crime and urban decay filled the neighborhoods along Colfax Avenue, including parts of Molholm/Two Creeks, until the turn of the 21st century, when Denver committed to revitalizing the community. In a state of transition in the early 2000s, the area featured new developments mingling with old motels, vacant lots and big-box retailers.
a multipurpose town center, exemplifies the area's art culture with artist studios, gallery spaces and a non-profit photography school. Locals live near the locations of annual festivals, such as the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival and Festival Italiano.