The Denver Metro area covers a lot of ground and offers a number of truly terrific options for you to choose a place you really want to call home. One of those awesome choices is the Town of Arvada. Narrow the search a bit farther to reveal a lovely gem of neighborhoods surrounding the area affectionately known to natives and visitors alike as Olde Town Arvada.
While the town of Arvada continues to embrace the future as evidenced by its growth economically and in population, this haven for over 110,000 souls equally embraces its past. No more than several square blocks large, the section called Olde Town feels like you’ve stepped back in time to an old west small town. Storefronts spill out onto the sidewalks often happily crowded by neighbors greeting one another with a hardy wave and welcoming grins.
Like most old western towns, GOLD has a little something to do with the existence of Olde Town, although the first man who found the shiny rock here didn’t benefit very much personally from his discovery. Lewis Ralston is credited with uncovering the first nuggets around the 1850’s, but the town itself, originally known as Ralston Point, was later renamed by another prominent settler, Benjamin Franklin Wadsworth, founder of the post office. He named it for his wife’s brother in law, Hiram Arvada Haskin.
Alas, there was never enough gold found to draw a flood of prospectors to the area, but the canals dug by the few that did come in the search for what little gold might be discovered did a lot to aid the town’s growth as an agricultural boom town. Making the most of that opportunity, 1926 saw the construction of the famous flour mill landmark, now operating as a museum.
What began as the commercial center of town quickly became the shopping and social hub for the locals. Olde Town Arvada continues that tradition, offering a variety of shopping and dining experiences along with fun events to participate in, all carrying the same historic charm to draw residents and visitors alike on a regular basis.
Live music of many styles can be heard on weekend evenings, tumbling through the doors of the trendy taverns, lounges and cafes that populate both the renovated older buildings and those newly built in the last 15 years or so. Many of the well loved festivals that dot the calendar of life in Arvada begin or end on one of the Olde Town boulevards.
That blending of old and new can be seen in the neighborhoods around Olde Town, where historic bungalows share the tree lined streets with a mix of newer condominiums, apartment homes and single family dwellings.
Lest we forget, an important new resident of Olde Town Arvada that everyone has been buzzing about for many years is the Light Rail Hub located at the edge of town and scheduled to be fully completed in the first half of 2017.
FINE DINING OPTIONS include over 100 restaurants to suit almost every food craving!
FESTIVALS ~ PARADES ~ EVENTS! All throughout the annual calendar you’ll find something fun for the whole family to enjoy!
CONTACT the Olde Town Arvada office for details, relocation information and be sure to request a visitors guide.