Highlands Ranch High School - Mr. Sedivy
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
- Colorado History -
The History of Littleton, Colorado
Littleton 1910 Through the
Chickens At Large,
Town Improvements, and Industry
The population of Littleton increased to 1373.
Main Street in Downtown Littleton c.1910
The Leyner Company was sold to Ingersoll-Rand.
c. 1914 - Littleton Hose Co. #2 with a new Federal
January 1, 1916
Prohibition was in effect in Colorado, but bootleggers in Littleton
flourished - living along Windermere Street meant having a nasty reputation.
Littleton was growing more sophisticated. From the Littleton Independent:
"Keep your chickens at home. ... Considerable
complaint is being registered against the running at large of chickens
within the town. ... If chicken owners persist in forcing this nuisance
upon their neighbors, they will receive little sympathy if Mr. Chicken
fails to return home for the evening. Beware!"
A Carnegie-funded library was completed at the west end of Main Street.
The idea for a local library was spawned in the early 1890s, with
books purchased from excess funds not needed by the firemen. For many
years, Mrs. Martha Crocker acted as a librarian, helping enlarge the
meager collection of books, magazines, and newspapers.
Various community groups, particularly the Littleton
Woman's Club, worked to promote the library from a mere reading room
into a building of its own. Finally financial help came from the Carnegie
Foundation, amounting to some $8,000. The library building was designed
by local architect J. B. Benedict.
Main Street had finally been paved, and a new sewer system and disposal
plant were being completed.
Citizens of Littleton voted to build a $100,000 high school on Grant
Avenue to someday accommodate 225 students.
Main Street in Downtown Littleton, looking west toward
the library, in the 1920s
In 1920 the population of Littleton was 1626. Littleton's first High
School was built on Grant Street, and the Littleton Town Hall was
completed on Main Street. I.W. Hunt opens the first major auto dealership
on Main Street.
Littleton made an offer to Harliegh R. Holmes in 1920 - it paid the
inventor $300 to start his factory there. H. R. Holmes had invented
a powerful front-wheel drive that was incorporated into trucks made
in Littleton. The Holmes Motor Company converted the old creamery
on Nevada Street into a manufacturing plant. Becoming the Coleman
Motors Company in 1924, the firm specialized in producing four wheel
Coleman Motors manufactured front-wheel drive vehicles
including trucks, snowpows and tractor tows.
Later, the front-wheel axle was incorporated into two-wheel
drive trucks made by International Harvester, Ford and others. The
company became Littleton's biggest employer in the city limits for
nearly a half-century at times hiring 100. It was last owned by Kansas
City Southern Industries which closed the American Coleman Co. buildings
on South Curtice Street (north of Arapahoe Community College) in 1985.
During the 1930s, H. R. Holmes remodeled the stone home of Richard
S. Little on Rapp Street.
Front-Wheel Drive Truck Manufactured by Coleman Motors
Leyner Engineering became the Ingersoll-Rand Company and continued
to manufacture drills and steel sharpening equipment. Increased freight
rates forced the closure of the Ingersoll-Rand plant in 1931.
Buses replaced Littleton's street car line.
Littleton expanded its boundaries to the east to the Woodlawn area.
Local boosters advertise: "Littleton is Center of the State's Poultry
Industry." Local architect J. B. Benedict was hired to design a town
hall building that would also house the town's firefighting equipment.
The History of Littleton, Colorado
1. | History
of Littleton: Prehistory - 1859 Colorado Gold Rush |
2. | Littleton in
the Early 1860s / Founding Fathers |
3. | 1860s:
Lewis Ames, Littleton's First Teachers and School,
Indian Troubles and Early Buildings in Littleton |
4. | Littleton
1870 - 1879: Railroads, 1st Church, Highline Canal |
5. | Littleton
in the 1880s: Avery Gallup, First Newspaper |
6. | The
City of Littleton in the 1890s: First Mayor, Pickletown |
7. | 1900s:
South Arapahoe County, Littleton Named County Seat |
8. | Littleton 1910
- 1920s: Town Improvements / Industry |
9. | Littleton, Colorado
in the 1930s and 1940s |
10. | The Boom of
the 1950s and 1960s in Littleton, Colorado |
11. | Littleton:
1970s to Present, Concrete Pods and All |
12. | Littleton Trivia
and Stuff You've Always Wondered About! |
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- Colorado History In Depth
Lecture Notes, Reading, and Information:
| The Cheyenne Migration
to Colorado |
| The Gratlan Affair, Massacre, Fort Laramie
The Cheyenne Social Club
| A Cheyenne War Story: Wolf Road, the Runner
| Cheyenne Traditions and Beliefs, Sacred
| Horses, Warriors, War Pipe, Sweatlodge
| Cheyenne War Parties and Battle Tactics
| The Scalp Dance and Other Cheyenne Dances
| The Sante Fe Trail and Fort Union |
| Sumner - Ninth Military Department / The
First Fort Union |
| Early Arrivals to Fort Union, Daily Life
at Fort Union |
| Captain Grover - The New Fort Union, the
Confederate Threat |
| Fort Union Arsenal, William Shoemaker,
End of Fort Union |
Americans from the East
| Thomas Jefferson, the Louisiana Purchase
| The Expedition of Zebulon Pike |
| Pikes Peak or Bust / Colorado Gold Rush
Colorado's Role in the US Civil
| The Civil War, Fort Wise / Fort Lyon
| Mace's Hole, Colonel Canby, F.C.V.R.
| Fort Weld |
| The Pet Lambs, John Chivington |
| General Henry Sibly, Battle of Valverde,
Fort Union |
Cripple Creek District Labor Strikes
| The Western Federation of Miners / State
| The 1893 - 1894 Strike | The
Strike of 1903 - 1904 |
| The Mine Owners Association |
| Crimes and Military Rule in the Cripple
Creek District |
| Marshall Law in Cripple Creek District
/ End of the Strike |
Early Cripple Creek District
| Photos, Fire, and Life in Cripple Creek
| Other Colorful Towns in the Cripple Creek
Gillett - Colorado's Only Bullfight, Victor, Independence |
| A Guide to the Miners' Gritty Lingo
More Colorado History
| Bent's Fort Photos, Personalities, Plans,
and More |
| What Was Easter Like at Bent's Fort?
| Colorado Trivia,
Miscellaneous Old Photos,
Western Personalities, Forts, and More |
| Lullabies for Jittery Cows - Cowboy Ballads
| Heraldry of the Branding Iron |
Aims to Clear Infamous Cannibal, Alferd Packer |
| Lead Gives Alferd
Packer's Story More Weight |
Colorado Love Stories: Baby Doe Tabor & More
| Colorado Pioneer Women: Elizabeth Byers
| Early Denver Jokes / The History of April
Fools' Day |
| History of the US Memorial Day Holiday
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