“He is still an icon in Broomfield today, many, many people know about him today.”
Shep the Dog was a real dog who lived in the 1950’s in a toll booth on Highway 36, after he was adopted by a toll booth worker.
Charlotte Havey, who has written about Shep in a children’s book “Shep the tollbooth dog“, says there are many people in the area who still remember Shep. “He is still an icon in Broomfield today, many, many people know about him today.”
As drivers were paying the 25cents toll to drive on Highway 36, they would often leave treats and money for Shep “One driver one day brought a can of dog food to the toll booth and presented it to the worker and the worker said “I don’t have a can opener” and the next day the same fellow brought a can opener.”
Shep would snooze on a cement platform just outside the toll booth and families would often pull over and have their photos taken with the dog.
Charlotte Havey has recently translated the book into Spanish and does readings for children all around the state.