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.
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 in Arvada CO

Tourist attractions: Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities - Box Office (Museums; 6901 Wadsworth Boulevard) (1), Arvada Historical Society (Museums; 5590 Wadsworth Boulevard) (2), Aquatic Design Habitats Inc (Aquariums; 4941 Allison St Ste 7/8) (3), S & H Products Company (Cultural Attractions- Events- & Facilities; 5891 Nolan Street) (4), Jackpot Bingo (Amusement & Theme Parks; 11651 Ralston Road Suite B2) (5), Amf Bowling Centers - Amf Arvada Lanes (Amusement & Theme Parks; 6550 Wadsworth Bypass) (6), Nickel A Play (Amusement & Theme Parks; 8025 Sheridan Boulevard Unit C) (7), Cyber Extreme (Amusement & Theme Parks; 6635 Wadsworth Boulevard) (8), Maximumgamer (Amusement & Theme Parks; 11651 West 64th Avenue) (9). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map Things to do in Arvada CO
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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 Things to do in Arvada
KeyBank National Association: Westwood Keycenter Branch at 15590 West 64th Avenue, branch established on 2004/03/15; Arvada Branch at 7878 West 80th Place, branch established on 1974/04/29. Info updated 2008/03/03: Bank assets: $86,198.8 mil, Deposits: $64,214.8 mil, headquarters in Cleveland, OH, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1067 total offices, Holding Company: Keycorp Things to do in Arvada
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