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Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Colorado History

- Colorado History -
The History of Littleton, Colorado

Littleton: 1970 to the Present
Concrete Pods and All

The population of Littleton reached 26,466.

August 1970
The Littleton Historical Museum opened.

Chatfield Dam began collecting water in the Chatfield Reservoir.

The City of Littleton began a major beautification program.

Littleton adopted a strict and controversial sign code. Littleton was picked as one of the fifteen best suburbs by Ladies Home Journal.

The AT&SF (Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad) depot was restored as the Depot Art Center.

South of Littleton, the 26,000-acre Highlands Ranch was sold.

December 1977
The city of Littleton completed the new city hall called the Littleton Center.

Littleton Center
Littleton's new city hall, the Littleton Center

The population had grown to 28,631 residents. The Littleton Riverfront Authority was created.

The Railroad Depression Project began.

The Town Hall renovation was completed, and was reopened as a performing arts center.

Littleton Riverfront redevelopment begins.

Major new developments were announced due to a predicted boom. Centennial Race Track closed to make way for new developments, including South Suburban Park and Recreations District's Centennial Golf Course.

The land acquisition for 640 South Platte Park was completed.

February 10, 1986
The brilliant AT&T pioneer who engineered pay phones to give emergency callers a dial tone before money was inserted, Edward J. Sedivy Sr. (Mr. Sedivy's father), died in a freak ice-fishing accident on Chatfield Reservoir.

The last of the controversial modernistic concrete sidewalk structures, also called "pods" and "toadstools," were removed from Main Street in Downtown Littleton.

Littleon's eye-sore concrete pods
Littleton's Concrete Sidewalk Stuctures, Remnants of the 1970s

October 1987
The railroad depression project was completed, allowing trains to move through Littleton without interrupting traffic - for the first time since 1872.

July 1988
Mineral Avenue was extended across the South Platte River, and the widening of Bowles Avenue was completed.

Littleton Hospital opened, and the restoration of D&RG Depot was completed.

Arapahoe Community College celebrates 25 years.

March 8, 1990
Littleton marks its 100th year of incorporation.

April 20, 1999
Columbine High School shootings. (Columbine High School is located in unincorporated Jefferson County in the Jefferson County School District, southwest of the Littleton city limits.)

Due to threats of annexation from Greenwood Village, neighboring residents vote to incorporate a large section of unincorporated Arapahoe County just east of the Littleton city limits. The city of Centennial is now the sixth largest city in the state of Colorado.

Randy Pye is elected first mayor of Centennial, Colorado.

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 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
| 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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