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 in Arvada CO

Notable individuals who were born in or have lived in Arvada include guitarist Roc Hillman (who played in the Jimmy Dorsey and Kay Kyser bands during the big band era) and novelist Clive Cussler,[29] Joe King,[30] baseball pitcher Roy Halladay,[31] and Isaac Slade[32] of the rock band The Fray, and professional golfer and U.S. Olympic track and field gold medalist Babe Didrikson Zaharias.[33] Things to do Arvada
Notable locations in Arvada: North Table Mountain Infiltration Plant (A), Enterprise Grange (B), Clay (C), Rocky (D), Fire Clay (E), Indian Tree Golf Club (F), Arvada Plaza (G), Lake Arbor Golf Course (H), Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities (I), Jefferson County Public Library Arvada Branch (J), Arvada Fire Protection District Station 1 (K), Arvada Fire Protection District Station 4 (L), Arvada Fire Protection District Station 5 (M), Rural / Metro of Central Colorado Ambulance (N), Arvada Municipal Court (O), Jefferson County Public Library Standley Lake Branch (P), Lake Arbor Recreation Center (Q), City of Arvada Service Center (R), Arvada City Hall (S), Arvada Police Chief (T). Display/hide their locations on the map Fun things to do in Arvada

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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. Things to do in Arvada CO
Arvada /ɑːrˈvædə/ is a Home Rule Municipality in Jefferson and Adams counties, a part of the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area of the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census the population was 106,433,[11] and in 2018 the estimated population was 120,492, ranking Arvada as the seventh most populous municipality in Colorado.[9] The Olde Town Arvada historic district is 7 miles (11 km) northwest of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver. Things to do in Arvada CO
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.[3] Ralston found about 1/4 ounce (6 g) of gold, then worth about five dollars. Ralston's companions named the stream Ralston's Creek in his honor, but they all left the next morning, drawn by the lure of California gold. Fun things to do in Arvada
During the Pike's Peak Gold Rush in 1858, Ralston brought another group of prospectors back to the site of his first discovery. The placer gold in the area soon played out, but hard rock deposits of gold were found in the mountains to the west. Some of the miners abandoned their search for gold and returned to farm the rich bottom land along Ralston Creek and Clear Creek. They found an eager market for their crops among other gold seekers. The Territory of Colorado was formed on February 28, 1861, and the farms in the valley expanded to feed the growing population of the region. Things to do in Arvada
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