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. Fun things to do in Arvada
Birthplace of: Brad Pyatt - 2005 NFL player (Indianapolis Colts, born: Apr 16, 1980), Joel Klatt - College Football Quarterback, Rick Carelli - Stock car racing driver, Jerry Robertson - Busch series NASCAR driver (born: Jan 27, 1962), Katee Doland - Cheerleader, Joe DeCamillis - Football coach, Nick Fazekas - College basketball player (Nevada Wolf Pack), Steve Quailer - Ice hockey player. 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. 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." Things to do in Arvada
The citizens of Arvada, CO have a great deal of pride in their city. Located just northwest of Denver, our state’s capitol, Arvada is a community unlike many others. Arvada consistently competes with the larger metropolitan areas in the areas of business and commerce but retains a small-town charm that other suburbs can’t replicate. With such great assets as the Arvada Center, the Apex Center and a historic shopping district, Olde Town, Arvada is thriving. A highly educated workforce, low crime rate and excellent quality of life (where outdoor adventures abound!) have all contributed to the popularity of Colorado’s 8th largest city. Fun things to do in Arvada
The City of Arvada is divided into four Council districts. Residents of each district elect a council member who lives within the district and represents the concerns of that district. The Mayor and two other councilmembers are elected "at large," meaning that they represent the entire City of Arvada rather than a specific area or District. The City Manager's Office supervises implementation of policy and procedure as directed by the City Council. Things to do in Arvada CO
Birthplace of: Brad Pyatt - 2005 NFL player (Indianapolis Colts, born: Apr 16, 1980), Joel Klatt - College Football Quarterback, Rick Carelli - Stock car racing driver, Jerry Robertson - Busch series NASCAR driver (born: Jan 27, 1962), Katee Doland - Cheerleader, Joe DeCamillis - Football coach, Nick Fazekas - College basketball player (Nevada Wolf Pack), Steve Quailer - Ice hockey player. Things to do Arvada
As of the census of 2010, there were 106,433 people, 42,701 households, and 28,927 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,028.1 people per square mile (1,207.6/km²). There were 44,427 housing units at an average density of 1,216.7 per square mile (469.7/km²) with a median value of $240,000. The racial makeup of the city was 89.08% White, 0.9% African American, 0.8% Native American, 2.2% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 3.5% from other races, and 2.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.7% of the population.