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Highlands Ranch High School - Mr. Sedivy
Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Colorado History

- Colorado History -
The History of Littleton, Colorado


Littleton in the 1930s and 1940s:
Depression, WWII, Post War Building Boom Begins

1930
The population of Littleton was 2019.

1931
Ingersoll-Rand Machinery Company closed its Littleton plant. Red Comet, manufacturer of fire extinguisher, set up shop in Littleton.

January 12, 1933
The First National Bank fails.

1935
Civilian Conservation Corps established a supply center at the old Ingersoll-Rand plant. The Works Progress Administration initiates numerous city improvement projects.

1937
The Work Progress Administration spent more than $100,000 building curbs and gutters as well as oiling many of town's streets.

1938
U.S. Highway 85 was rerouted just west of downtown Littleton along Santa Fe Drive. Rio Grande and Rapp Streets no longer had to serve as a major north-south thoroughfares.

1939
The new post office on Alamo Street was completed at a cost of $53,000.


1940
Littleton's population increased to 2244.

December 8, 1941
Littleton joins declaration of war against Japan.

1942
Heckethorne Manufacturing Company, making projectiles for the Navy, became Littleton's largest employer, employing 700 by 1944.

1940s
The Coleman Company turned out heavy trucks "for army panzer units." The Valley Highway (now I-25) project had begun.

1943
Denver planned to purchase 255 acres of land on the north fork of the South Platte River to be used for the Two Forks reservoir, nine miles above Waterton.

Downtown Littleton, Main Street c. 1950
Downtown Littleton before the post-war building boom

1946
Development of the Bow Mar area began with plans to build 250 houses, signaling the start of the post-war building boom.

1948
The Electron Corporation foundry of Littleton employs 150 people and made truck parts such as gear cases and axle housing.


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
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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 Treaty |

The Cheyenne Social Club
| A Cheyenne War Story: Wolf Road, the Runner |
| Cheyenne Traditions and Beliefs, Sacred Stories |
| Horses, Warriors, War Pipe, Sweatlodge Ceremony |
| Cheyenne War Parties and Battle Tactics |
| The Scalp Dance and Other Cheyenne Dances |

Fort Union
| 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 War
| 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 Militia |
| 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 District:
Gillett - Colorado's Only Bullfight, Victor, Independence
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| A Guide to the Miners' Gritty Lingo |

More Colorado History Information
| 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 |
| Project Aims to Clear Infamous Cannibal, Alferd Packer |
|
Lead Gives Alferd Packer's Story More Weight |
| Legendary 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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