Historic Olde Town Arvada is loosely defined by Ralston Road and 59th Street to the north, Lamar Street to the west, Grandview Avenue to the south, and Carr Street to the east.
When Benjamin Franklin Wadsworth purchased a land claim in 1863 and developed a town of nine square blocks, little did he know the tiny community would one day blossom into a sprawling city of 40 square miles. Dubbed Arvada after Wadsworth’s brother-in-law, Hiram Arvada Haskins, this suburb is situated 10 miles west of downtown Denver, near the foothills, and anchored by Historic Olde Town Arvada, 13 blocks of old-timey shops mixed with modern brew pubs, coffee houses and more— all flourishing in the shadow of the city’s old Water Tower. When it comes to culture, The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities provides top-notch theater productions, concerts and art exhibits, while outdoor enthusiasts enjoy an extensive trail system that links to Denver’s trails, and thousands of acres of parks and open space. With light rail set to open
soon and I-70 nearby, Arvada offers easy access to the rest of the state and striking views—both to the east and west. More than a century after Benjamin Wadsworth broke ground, it remains a great place to settle.