City Spotlight: Arvada
A Brief History
The first documented gold discovery in Colorado was in Arvada on June 22, 1850 by Lewis Ralston. Although he headed for California soon after, he returned in 1858 to lead a group of gold seekers to Arvada to find their fortunes. Starting at the confluence of Ralston and Clear Creek, where Lewis Ralston first found gold, the explorers were successful in finding some gold, but not enough to make a profit. They decided to head upstream to Gregory Gulch (in what is now Century City) where they literally struck gold and started the Gold Rush of 1859. As more gold seekers came out to the Rocky Mountains some abandoned their search for gold in favor of farming the rich soil along Ralston and Clear Creek. In 1870 the Colorado Central Railroad laid tracks through the area on its route to link up with the Kansas Pacific Railroad. Originally called Ralston Point by Benjamin F. Wadsworth and Louis A. Reno, it was renamed Arvada in honor of Wadsworth’s wife’s brother-in-law, Hiram Arvada Haskin, to avoid confusion with other communities along Ralston Creek.
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What we love about Arvada
With a mix of newer and older homes and a splash of farmland mixed in, Arvada has something for everyone. At the heart of the city is Olde Town Arvada, a shopping district full of dining, entertainment, and one-of-a-kind boutiques. Boasting over 125 miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails throughout the parks and open space system, there is plenty to explore and Arvada’s close proximity to both Denver and Boulder make this city a highly desirable location!