Welcome to Colorado
Welcome to Colorado!
I’m looking back to 2007 when I embarked on a road trip to Des Moines on assignment and stopped at the Colorado Welcome Center rest stop located in Julesburg, Colorado, just off off I-76 near bordering Nebraska.
It’s a clean well managed rest stop and the best part are these teepee shade structures scattered all around the site. The tipis, teepees, tepees I never know how to spell them, are an obvious tribute to the Native Americans who once lived here.
The town of Julesburg is a designated Colorado Scenic and Historic site due to its rich history of Native Americans, fur traders, outlaws, the US Cavalry, Oregon and Mormon Trail emigrants, Pony Express riders, and the telegraph and Union Pacific Rail road builders all having traveled through this small Colorado town.
Something as simple as a “teepee” inspired designed sun shade over a picnic table completely alters the experience of a rest stop rest area. It’s simple and effective design like this that change how we experience an outdoor space. Read the Yelp reviews and nearly everyone comments on the teepees. Just another reason why design matters.
The Denver Post published a great piece of the history of Julesberg if you would like to learn more. Next time you are traveling I76 into or out of Colorado, stop at the Colorado Welcome Center in Julesberg and enjoy a nice break under a teepee sunshade.