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Location DB > United States > Colorado > Denver > Stapleton Control Tower
Stapleton Control Tower
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created by Chainsaw on 1/15/2004 4:43 PM
last modified by Emperor Wang on 11/3/2023 7:40 PM
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It is now sitting out in a giant field of mud - there is an outer perimeter fence and in inner perimeter fence 3 or 4 adjacent sites have 24 hour security patrols.

The view is AWESOME from the top.

There is a 3 story office type building attached to the tower - it is fairly well stripped -there is active AC power on the site and a light over the front door. Many of the external and internal doors are welded/padlocked shut. Be sure when going through any door it does not lock behind you.

The tower itself is 7 or 8 stories high and gives an amazing 360 view of all of Denver. If you go out on the catwalk wave at the possible active security cameras pointing at the catwalk entrance. It's very easy to be seen from the ground when on the catwalk/roof of the tower.

Flash photography was really limited due to the amount of windows - low light resulted in few pictures - we will post what we got ASAP.

11.03.2023 - It opened as a since failed restaurant the "Punchbowl" in 2019. It is currently operating as the "FlyteCo Tower".
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Repurposed
Accessibility: Difficult
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information
MLK and Quebec
Denver, Colorado
United States
Owner: Denver International Airport
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • Security
  •  Interesting Features
    Webcam on the roof - smile as you come up the ladder. Lots of stairs. Security camera looking at catwalk entrance.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • barbed wire
  • part-time guard
  • locked gates
  • welded doors
  • wooden boarding
  • cameras on roof
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1927
    Closed: 1995
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • gloves
  • towelettes
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    Stapleton Airport shut down 12 years ago when the opened DIA - the only structures left are some warehouses, the parking garage and the control tower - it's all in use but the tower appears to be awaiting renovation.
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     Future Plans
    The area immediately around the tower is slated to become a park - maybe a museum in the building itself?
    Expedition 9
    Wed, Jan 7th, 2004
    posted by Chainsaw

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    Solo Expo
    Mon, May 10th, 2004
    posted by statik
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    Fri, Jan 20th, 2006
    posted by lexiphoto
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    Thu, Mar 15th, 2007
    posted by secretdestroyers
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    Sun, Aug 28th, 2011
    posted by RabidMonkey
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    Fri, Nov 3rd, 2023
    posted by fr00tCake
    7 pictures

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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 11/3/2023 7:41 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Nov 3 23 at 19:41, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Nov 3 23 at 19:40, Emperor Wang changed the following: Web Links
  • on Nov 3 23 at 19:37, Emperor Wang changed the following: Interesting Features
  • on Nov 3 23 at 19:36, Emperor Wang changed the following: History
  • on Nov 3 23 at 19:36, Emperor Wang changed the following: Interesting Features, Security Measures
  • on Nov 3 23 at 16:53, fr00tCake changed the following: Web Links
  • on Nov 3 23 at 16:52, fr00tCake added some pictures to a gallery
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  • on Nov 3 23 at 16:52, fr00tCake changed the following: Description
  • on Nov 3 23 at 16:51, fr00tCake changed the following: History, Media Coverage, Description, Web Links
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    You must log in for this feature to work.Stapleton to be repurposedgeneboy13432/23/2012 3:52 PM by Retro_Chick
    You must log in for this feature to work.Updates... Plus, what does this mean?statik69084/16/2007 3:23 AM by lexiphoto
    You must log in for this feature to work.Beat Me to it.Sniper8109411/20/2005 2:16 AM by Sinister Crayon
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