Lee Kizer, 93 year old owner of The Old Ford Garage, points to his photo
in an August 1945 Life Magazine
(26) Lee Kizer
As a teenager Lee helped the janitor at the high school. Since it was during the depression, there was no money to pay Lee, so he was paid with copies of old photographs which the janitor had in a dark room at the school. The photographs date from the very inception of Julesburg. They represent a complete history of the city.
|Lee's 1916 Buick|
|Advertisement for the Old Ford Garage when it wasn't so old|
After the war Lee returned to Julesburg and opened a barbershop on Main Street. At some point after that his mother mentioned to him that he should find some place to display all of his historic photographs. At about this same time Ford dealership had moved from its location where the Old Ford Garage stands to a new location. When the property became available, Lee purchased it. It provided a place for his historic photographs of Julesburg and eventually a place to house his barbershop which he moved from Main Street.
|Lee and Linda standing in front of Curtain that once hung in the old Opera House|
Lee also has collected gas pumps and signs from garages in and around Julesburg. He is also collected a number of roadsigns, including antique Lincoln Highway signs and signposts which are on display in the garage.
|I need to hustle over and ask that pretty girl to dance.|
It was hard to tear ourselves away from this delightful diversion from our Lincoln Highway trip. However, in one sense it was not really a diversion. It enriched our understanding of the highway and the historic times which serve as a backdrop for the Highway.
|A fitting tribute to the Men who won WWII and their Leaders|