Photo: Valley Highway in the late-1960s

Check out this rare photo of Valley Highway in the late-1960s. Don’t we wish the traffic was like that now?

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109 comments
Todd Barrett
Todd Barrett

Notice 50 plus years and its the same size, with our population 10 times more than back then way to go cdot keeping up with the times. Not.

valleylaura
valleylaura

I would guess this is early 70's. During rush hour it was still bumper-to-bumper...there just weren't as many bumpers back then.

Dora Bright
Dora Bright

I used to drive the Valley Highway to work every day back in the 50's and had more traffic than this picture shows, must have been a slow day or a Sunday when it was taken :)

Shelly Meyer
Shelly Meyer

What traffic? ha ha I wish it still looked this way.

Terry Staffel
Terry Staffel

Those were the days. I think Colorado started being LA in the mid 80's .

Michael Eadeh
Michael Eadeh

I wonder what time of day that was? Had to be more traffic than that at 5 pm! I left in 2005. Couldn't take it anymore. To much crime, pollution, and yes traffic! Miss my Colorado peeps though \U0001f60e

Sharon Wright
Sharon Wright

So no one calls it the Valley Highway anymore? I know it's not the most popular name for it now, but NO ONE does anymore? Surprise to me. I did always wonder what the north/south borders were for Valley Highway, or was it the whole Front Range? I still call US 36 "the Turnpike." Confuses the heck out of the newcomers! I don't do it on purpose.... just what I call it.

Chris Malo
Chris Malo

Looks like 1968 or 1969 in summer-was in 9th grade about..brooks towers completed 1968...

Jeana Warren Boatright
Jeana Warren Boatright

Oh . My goodness ! I haven't thought of it as the Valley Highway in many years !

Arielle LaBrack
Arielle LaBrack

Here come the blame every transplant for my state's problems comments.

Lyn Barnes
Lyn Barnes

I remember it well, you can see the May D&F tower in this photo as well ad Brooks towers which today is small by comparison.

Vern Goossen
Vern Goossen

Yes I remember , drove it 2-3 times a day and hardly any traffic ,in 1963 to 1974, now I went for a doc appointment 3 months ago and it was bumper to bumper ,slow traffic , 5 to 10 mph , "can't any body stay home?"

Carolyn Allendorf
Carolyn Allendorf

Yes, the good old days...The mouse trap was built. Tower look out was built, but not sure if it ever got used.

Heidi Cordova Strang
Heidi Cordova Strang

I remember when (god that makes me feel old) when you could hang out downtown from 5-5:30 to miss the traffic \U0001f615

Kay Spencer
Kay Spencer

Used to cruise 17th street with my BFF in her 67 Camero! So much fun!

Phil McGehee
Phil McGehee

Me to. Copper Camero with black trim. 327. Sold it to Pat Hegarty's nephew in '70 when I got back from Nam. Use to go to the Crest and Paramount downtown all the time. \U0001f600

Charles Opie
Charles Opie

Yep, those were the days on the good old valley highway.

Sue Schultz
Sue Schultz

I think the there was a creek or something that was there before the highway was built. That's what my parents said.

Douglas Sgambelluri
Douglas Sgambelluri

An observation: when I first arrived in the Denver metro area in 1984, I read about mass transit studies that were underway that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars...1994 comes along and it’s still being studied and those studies cost, you got it millions...2004 rolls around and does Denver have a mass transit system? Nope, but it’s studied it to death. 2014 arrives and we have a few light rail routes set up in Denver. Big Whoop! Our governmental leaders over the past three decades, most of whom are long gone, deserve all the credit for this monumental failure. I think we need another study!

Charisse C Chord
Charisse C Chord

Most people don't even know what the "Valley Highwayc is anymore \U0001f614

Michelle Gonzalez
Michelle Gonzalez

I do... Back in my day? It was the ONLY name.. i25 came much later!

Kay Spencer
Kay Spencer

Funny, haven't thought of Valley highway in years!!!

Jeff Wessels
Jeff Wessels

Valley Highway , yes is A VALLEY . IF You look you can see the platte river running north for a long way, Where else do you see this !

Earl Sketers
Earl Sketers

I remember it well.I grew up in South Denver by South High The valley and University. As they say the good old days.Hank Harris Doug Giese

Ann Huot
Ann Huot

That is how it was when I learned to drive!

Carmen Ponce
Carmen Ponce

Wow. Yes I remember. That's why it's so annoying now! \U0001f616

Christopher Sowards
Christopher Sowards

First I would like to point out you can actually see the clock tower and secondly there's actually no pot holes!

Kathleen Goodgion
Kathleen Goodgion

this is not true! I grew up here and the valley hwy was only 2 lanes in each direction in the 60's. this is more like the 70's

Lisa Greeves
Lisa Greeves

Mom use to always tell me to "go ride your bike on the valley highway". ...

Kathleen Goodgion
Kathleen Goodgion

i remember that! That was when you had not done your chore's like fry burger to feed the dog's or cut the lawn. your dog's ate better than most 4 legged people! Gotta love that memory!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kay Dirling
Kay Dirling

They have some great pics in the Colorado Department of Transportation photo archives. It's amazing how much things have changed in the last 40-50 years.

Peter West
Peter West

Yeah, I remember this. We didn't know it by anything but the "Valley Highway" Quick route from North Denver where we lived to South Denver.....

Peter West
Peter West

I'm so old I still refer to Martin Luther King Blvd. as East 32nd Avenue.

MJ Silver
MJ Silver

Never ever in my thirty years heard it called valley highway...It's marked such in Google maps too but why!! There's no valley lol

Michael Axelrad
Michael Axelrad

Signs you're a Denver native-- you still call it the Valley Highway, or just the Valley. Or maybe it's just a sign I'm growing old.

Todd M Probst
Todd M Probst

It got that name from the Platte Valley. Monument valley was for the south (to Colorado Springs)