Thursday, March 19, 2009

No Where To Eat

When I first moved here in the early 1970s Interstate 70 was not completed. If you came from Denver you had to take US Highway 6 over Loveland Pass through Keystone, Dillon, over the Dam Road, through Frisco and then continue on down Ten Mile Canyon to Wheeler Junction up to Vail Pass and beyond. I was sometimes difficult but always interesting and beautiful.

Sometimes the Seven Sisters would fall. An avalanche would close Loveland Pass for a couple of days. The only way in or out was through Kremmling over Berthoud Pass or down 285 to Fairplay and over Hoosier Pass. Always interesting but very long.

At that time you could find several all night restaurants for food and a place to sleep. Bennett's was where the Burger King and Pizza Hut are today. The Red Buffalo (we called it "The Dead Buffalo" )was in Frisco on Main Street near the current Historic Park. Bennett's had terrible food but the owner would play his organ in the dining room as you were fighting off nausea. The Red Buffalo ha a bakery and home made pies all night long.

I worked for the Sheriff's Office and either was a gathering place for law enforcement. That was before the Village Inn. The cops in Breckenridge did not have an all night coffee shop so they would abandon their town to go drink coffee with the other officers in Frisco or Silverthorne. g

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