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A.F. Ray's

Greeley, CO


2700 8th Ave, Greeley, CO, US
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Capacity: 170 Age Limit: 18

Bio: A.F. Ray's is Greeley's most intimate concert venue providing professional sound and lights for a variety of live performances. HISTORY: Who was A.F. Ray? It has been rumored that during the prohibition of alcohol, A.F. Ray supplied the thirsty people of Weld County acting as a bootlegger and an outlaw. He supposedly filled watermelons from his own patch with moonshine and sold the illegal hooch through a network of underground tunnels. When the 18th amendment was repealed in 1933, alcohol once again became legal to sell, and A.F. Ray desired a legal claim in the newly re-established free market. Weld County has always been and continues to be a conservative place to live. When Ray attempted to obtain a liquor license from the City of Greeley, he was met with staunch opposition. Tenacious and determined, Ray decided to take matters into his own hands. Thus the township of Garden City was born! In order to establish Garden City, A.F. Ray facilitated fifty people living in tents on his watermelon patch for six months. Allegedly, a competing would- be town across 8th avenue known as Roseville attempted on several occasions to steal people from Ray’s “colony.” Ultimately, Garden City survived and annexed the small area of Roseville. In 1939 Ray established the Town of Garden City and served as the Mayor and Sheriff for several years. Garden City consisted almost entirely of bars until the 1970’s when Greeley opened up its laws to allow the service of alcohol. Rays bar, The Nob Hill Tavern was the first to open, and has been run almost continuously as a bar since its inauguration. It now operates under the name A.F. Rays; Northern Colorado’s only bar and arcade. A.F. Ray was known to be quite a character. He allegedly shot someone’s finger off in a poker game for cheating. Regardless of his off color personality, he was a pioneer in personal freedom and entrepreneurial spirit.


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