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Colorado History

- Colorado History -
The History of Littleton, Colorado

The City of Littleton in the 1900s:
South Arapahoe County is Designated
Littleton Named County Seat

Littleton was viewed as an agricultural center. Its population had increased to 738.

February 1901
Littleton's representative, Frank R. Caley presented the state legislature with a bill calling for a new county, to be named South Arapahoe.

St. Mary's Catholic Church was built on Prince Street.

Railroad workers in Littleton -1902
Railroad Workers in Littleton - 1902

December 1902
South Arapahoe County was designated. The county was later renamed "Arapahoe." Governor Orman named Littleton as the temporary county seat, pending a decision by the electorate. Over the next year and a half, considerable debate raged regarding the county seat issue. Littleton was challenged by Englewood (newly incorporated in 1903), its neighbor to the north.

However, Englewood suffered from a slightly tarnished image. It was at the end of the metropolitan streetcar line, and Englewood was commonly regarded as Denver's playground. Variously known as Cherrelyn, Orchard Place, Fiske's Gardens, and the Junction before incorporating as Englewood, its streets sported a number of seedy bars, some with a reputation for rowdyness. Barth's saloon, Joe Lowe's place, Pap Wyman's, and more such spots catered to troops from nearby Ft. Logan as well as dozens of restless Denverites.

August 2, 1903
Electricity was switched on for residents of Littleton. Earlier in 1903, the trustees had granted Nelson Rhoads' Arapahoe Electric Light and Power Company a franchise to plant the poles, string the lines, and operate a power plant.

November 8, 1904
Littleton defeated Englewood in an election to determine the county seat. The vote was 1310 to 829.

Littleton Town Hall in 1904
Littleton and Arapahoe County Officals in front of Littleton's Town Hall in 1904

Littleton had its own city directory, and The George Leyner Company moved to Littleton.

1905 - George Leyner Company
1905 - Leyner Engineering manufactured mining equipment.

A water meter was system established in Littleton.

The electric trolley car line extended into the town of Littleton.

Downtown Littleton - Street Car on Main St. in 1910
An Electric Street Car runs down Main Street in Downtown Littleton.

July 1907
Construction began on the $51,845 county courthouse, which was to be completed in January 1908.

Littleton Courthouse in 1910
Littleton's New Courthouse in 1910

First Chrysler Automobile
Dr. amd Mrs. W.C. Crysler visited Littleton in their first automobile in 1909

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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