Bailey, Colorado: Coney Island Hot Dog-shaped DinerRare example of programmatic architecture in the Rocky Mountains. Experience the thrill of eating a wiener cooked inside a building resembling one.
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After 36 years in Aspen Park, Colorado, the Coney Island hot dog stand completed its move March 18, 2006. It is now located just west of Bailey, Colorado, on US 285. The stand is now located on the banks of the South Platte river. The stand will be renovated and is scheduled to re-open on June 1, 2006. Pictures of the move are available on Pinecam.com in the Living Room forum.[Doug White, 03/28/2006]
According to a news story on www.9news.com, Coney Island, the Hot Dog-shaped diner, has been sold and will be moved in March to a location near Pine Junction, about 10 miles west of the current location. It will reopen in April.[Randy Bishop, 01/24/2006]
In Conifer, Colorado, the Coney Island hot dog stand is under threat of destruction if it isn't bought and moved by someone. The property beneath it along US Hwy 285 has been sold for development of a bank.... [11/22/2005] Complete News Story
This well-known eatery is no doubt Colorado's most delicious form of architecture, a 14-ton hot dog measuring 42 feet from weiner tip to weiner tip, with a 34-foot bun. My friend and fellow architectural historian Tom Noel doesn't think it clashes with its beautiful mountain setting at all; he told folks in "Buildings of Colorado" that "The hot dog is complete with bright yellow mustard and green relish that pick up autumn aspen and the evergreen trees on surrounding mountainsides." Designer Marcus R. Shannon patented its design (#204,372, April 12, 1966) and he and partner Lloyd Williams dreamed of building a whole chain of 16 of these hot dogs across Denver. This hot dog appeared at 4190 West Colfax Avenue in Denver in 1966, but the chain was no go. Beverly and Jan Slager had faith in this Paul Bunyan-sized snack stand, however, and toted it here to the Aspen Park area in 1970, much to the chagrin of local residents. Over time however locals came to embrace their hot dog and were really concerned when it went up for sale in 1999, but it was sold to a new owner for $765,000 who has since been taking care of it.[Richard J. Gardner, 11/25/2003]
The giant hot dog in Conifer (actually it is in Aspen Park, CO) is for sale! A mere $1,000,000 and it is yours![Mike Manning, 03/22/1999]
Photo by George Westfall, on a summer 2000 outing. Compare with the miniature replica in Tiny Town up the road.
Coney Island Hot Dog-shaped Diner
- 10 Old Stagecoach Rd, Bailey, CO
- Formerly in Aspen Park, now just west of Bailey along US 285, right by the North Fork of the South Platte River.