Shopping Centers: Arvada Square Shopping Center (1), North Park Shopping Center (2), Arvada Centerplace Shopping Center (3), Arcada Marketplace Shopping Center (4), Arvada West Town Center Shopping Center (5), Cub Arvada Shopping Center (6), Fairplanes Shopping Center (7), Market Square Shopping Center (8), Northridge Shopping Center (9). Display/hide their locations on the map
Shopping Centers: Arvada Square Shopping Center (1), North Park Shopping Center (2), Arvada Centerplace Shopping Center (3), Arcada Marketplace Shopping Center (4), Arvada West Town Center Shopping Center (5), Cub Arvada Shopping Center (6), Fairplanes Shopping Center (7), Market Square Shopping Center (8), Northridge Shopping Center (9). Display/hide their locations on the map Fun things to do in Arvada
In 1870, the Colorado Central Railroad laid tracks through the area on its route from Golden to link up with the Kansas Pacific Railroad and the Denver Pacific Railroad at Jersey Junction, 3 miles (5 km) north of Denver. On December 1, 1870, Benjamin F. Wadsworth and Louis A. Reno platted the Ralston Point townsite along the railroad. To avoid confusion with other communities along Ralston Creek, Ralston Point was soon renamed Arvada in honor of Hiram Arvada Haskin, brother-in-law of settler Mary Wadsworth.[12] Her husband, Benjamin Wadsworth, became the first postmaster of Arvada. Colorado was granted statehood on August 1, 1876, and the Town of Arvada was formally incorporated on August 14, 1904. A vibrant agricultural community, Arvada claimed the title "Celery Capital of the World." Fun things to do in Arvada
The early beginnings of Arvada can be summed up in one word: GOLD! The first documented discovery of gold in the Rocky Mountain region occurred on June 22, 1850, when Lewis Ralston, a Georgia prospector headed for the California gold fields, dipped his sluice pan into a small stream near its mouth at Clear Creek. Ralston found about ¼ ounce worth about five dollars. Ralston’s companions named the stream “Ralston’s Creek” in his honor. Ralston continued on to California but returned to “Ralston’s Creek”  with the Green Russell party eight years later. Members of this party founded Auraria (later Denver City) in 1858 and touched off the gold rush to the Rockies. Things to do Arvada
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