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Name:Eli Hedley's Tiki Room @ the Continental Motor Hotel
Years of Operation: 1960-1967(?)
Current Incarnation: Club Lost at the Val-u-Stay Inn
This bar is in the city directory from 1960-1967. The 1959 directory is missing. I have gotten a few stories from locals who were children while this place was running. The manager's name is from the 1960 city directory. I haven't visited the current site yet to see if anything is left. The motel is a popular referral for people on parole - does not have a good reputation. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Here is a 1960 Denver Post article that mentions this place - credit to ZuluMagoo
EIGHT FOOT WATERFALL IN LOUNGE
The lounge, which seats 68, features booths covered with island thatching to give the apperance of native huts.
Main eye-catcher of the room is an 8-foot carving of'Tiki', the Polynesian God, which serves as a waterfall.
Atop Tiki's head is a giant man-eating clam shell, from which the fountain originates. Water falls down across the Tiki's face into another clam shell he's holding, then into a six-foot rocky pool.
Background for this esemble is a wall of Colorado lava stone. The statue of Tiki was carved from volcanic stone mined inside a volcanic crater near the California-Nevada line, Hedley said.
The waterfall area has tasefull plantings. Other decor of the room includes shell mosaic panels on the walls and whale bones.
The main light fixture is an 18-foot Samoan outrigger canoe hewn by natives using stone adz and inverted over the bar.
Hedley created the design in collaboration with Dave Krohn, president of the Pioneer Restaurant Equipment Co., Long beach. He also designed the Tiki Bar in the Pueblo (Colorado) Continental Motor Hotel and the Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica, Calif. [end]
Thanks for looking, gabbahey.
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