Dog once made Coloradans glad to stop at tollbooth

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(Courtesy of Colorado Department of Transportation)
Shep the Turnpike Dog, lived at the tollbooth on the Denver-Boulder Turnpike, now Highway 36 during the 1950s.

forward to stopping at a tollbooth. It was in the 1950s, during the drive between Denver and Boulder on U.S. Highway 36. That's where they got to see Shep, the tollbooth dog.

Shep was a stray who showed up during the construction of tollbooths that were formerly in place on the highway, also known as the Denver-Boulder Turnpike. One of the toll collectors took Shep in and fed him. The dog made the booth his home for 14 years.

A new children’s book called, "Shep, The Turnpike Dog," by Lakewood author Charlotte Havey, tells the story of Shep.

Shep became a favorite for motorists, who often brought him treats. Families would stop to take photos of Shep.

When Shep died, he was buried alongside the highway in a small grave marked by a headstone and enclosure. Later, when plans were made to widen the highway, the grave was moved to the Broomfield Depot Museum. To this day, people leave biscuits at Shep's grave.