Arvada, Colorado is a great place with plenty of old world charm… and more! Located in Jefferson and Adams counties, and a suburb of Denver, Arvada has a cool history you can still see in The Olde Town historic district.
Arvada’s history is tied into the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush. The first gold discovered in the Rocky Mountains was on June 22, 1850, when Lewis Ralston, a prospector headed to the California gold fields, found a ¼ ounce of gold at Ralston’s Creek, named in his honor. Ralston kept going, but came back later.
The placer gold ran out quickly and while some moved on to other areas, many stayed to farm the rich lands along Ralston Creek and Clear Creek. Farmers found plenty of buyers for their crops among the prospectors, and later the growing population of the Colorado Territory.
When the railroads came through in 1870, the area was platted and to avoid confusion with other communities using the name Ralston, the area was renamed Arvada, in honor of Hiram Arvada Haskin. The town of Arvada was formally incorporated on August 14, 1904. The farming community claimed the title of the “Celery Capital of the World.”
A great place to live
Today, Arvada celebrates its reputation as a great place to live. There are plenty of cultural and recreational things to do. There is the Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities which is one of the nation’s largest multidisciplinary arts centers, Apex Park and Recreation District and of course great shopping, dining and entertainment in the Olde Town historic district.
As a suburb of Denver, it’s an easy commute to great jobs, and all of the things you’d want in the big city.