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2015


History of the Arvada Center Updated
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The Arvada Center The idea for the Arvada Center began in 1972, when almost 160 sixth grade students from Secrest Elementary School presented a pageant called Look Back With Pride. Arvada teacher Lois Lindstrom had written the pageant so these students could learn about Arvada's rich...

History of Arvada's Schools Updated
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Schools Schooling in the area actually began in 1863, in a log cabin on the John B. Wolff homestead. In 1869, Benjamin F. Wadsworth donated land for a frame schoolhouse, and in 1882 the wooden structure was replaced with a brick building. The school was located at 5650 Olde Wadsworth...

The Town Grows Updated
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Incorporation and the Provision of Municipal Services In the early days between 1870 and 1904, Arvada had no sewage or water system, no organized fire or police protection, no electricity . . . . in short, Arvada had no town government. On April 22, 1903, leaders of the town met to discuss...

The Founding of Our Community Updated
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In 1859, John Reno helped George Calvin Swadley, William Barranger, and others dig the Ralston Point Mining Ditch (later called the Wadsworth irrigation ditch). By 1860 more than thirty land claims had been filed in the Ralston/Clear Creek valley by men who came for gold but stayed to...

Colorado's First Documented Gold Strike Updated
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Gold!!! Arvada's story began with Colorado's first gold discovery. On June 22, 1850, a wagon train bound for California crossed the Platte River just north of the confluence with Clear Creek, following Clear Creek west for six miles. The members of the wagon train rested for a day, and...

History Updated
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The City of Arvada was founded in 1870 and incorporated in 1904. We are proud of our past and the rich heritage of our community!  We are fortunate to have a dedicated group of volunteers at the Arvada Historical Society who painstakingly collect and preserve historic photographs,...

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2011 and Older

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