Davies' Chuck Wagon Diner (Westernmost New Jersey Diner)

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Avagara on July 13, 2010

Davies Chuck Wagon Diner was built in New Jersey by Mountain View Diners, Inc. (#516, one of its last) and shipped in two large pieces to Denver for assembly at the site in 1957. It is said to be the westernmost location for a New Jersey diner.

It was the dream of William Lyman Davies of Peoria, Illinois, who had been a restaurant supervisor for Walgreen Drugs. At the time, Colfax Avenue, Route 40, was the main east-west route through Denver and from Colorado through to St. Louis.

Within a year, the diner had become the first franchisee of Kentucky Fried Chicken in Colorado. Davies knew Col. Harlan Sanders from his days with Walgreens. It remained a franchisee until KFC opened a stand-alone restaurant in 1960 (at West 8th Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard).

Until 1971, the diner was a 24-hour operation. The family sold the operation in 1977 and it has been owned since 1984 by Dwayne Clark.

In the 1980s, the City of Lakewood fought to have the sign and horse removed, but in 1988 the restaurant received a special exemption as a historial site.

In 1997, it was entered in the US National Register of Historic Places.

© Tom Cooper on August 1, 2010

Are you sure it was the National Register of Historic Places, and not Histerical Places? ;)

JBTHEMILKER on August 31, 2010

I used to eat at this dinner when I lived in Lakewood. You have done well as catching the flavor of the place. It would be nice to have one of the aproned waitresses coming out the door. Good shot.

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