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Adams County Colorado

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Living and working in Adams County has changed dramatically from the county’s first beginnings. Originally, Adams County was part of Arapahoe County until November 1902 when it became its own county. Prior to that Colonel Jack Henderson settled on a large island along the South Platte River about seven miles southwest of Brighton. He came to this area to strike it rich during the gold rush era. However, he found, as well as the other settlers, that there was more money in raising crops and livestock to sell to prospectors and to the people of Denver. With rich fertile land and abundant water from the South Platte River, farmers of Adams County established a growing agricultural economy that the county still depends on today.


In 1902, voters approved establishing Adams County and named the county after Alva Adams, a popular former governor who was in office at the time of the election. Daniel Carmichael, who is the founder of the city of Brighton in Adams County, housed the temporary county courthouse in his home. However, a fire destroyed the offices in January 1904 and the offices were relocated to a rented house at 3rd and Bridge Street in Brighton. On November 8, 1904, Brighton was chosen as the permanent county seat. The city of Brighton was growing and prosperous as well as the county and in 1906 a new courthouse was built at 4th and Bridge Street. That building still stands at the eastern half of the Brighton City Hall.




Adams County is located northeast of the city of Denver and is ranked fifth in population of the 64 counties in Colorado. According to the 2006 US Census Bureau, Adams County population was estimated at 414,338. This is a 13.87% increase since the 2000 U.S. Census report. Adams County encompasses 1,198 square miles, with 1,192 square miles of land and 6 square miles of water and located between Boulder and Denver. In 1989, voters elected to transfer 53 square miles of Adams County to the City and County of Denver to build Denver International Airport (DIA). To this day Adams County land surrounds DIA and is one of the top attractions for the county.


Because of its strategic location and fantastic panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains, living and working in Adams County is projected to be the fastest-growing county in the next two decades in the metro Denver area. Adams County is the most economically diverse region that still supports its agricultural heritage; offers opportunities in heavy industry and transportation; and diversifies with high-tech companies that keep the business community flourishing.


The last census shows that there are 128,156 households in Adams County. 37.80% of the household have children under the age of 18 and 53.80% are married couples. The average household size is 2.81 and the average family size is 3.27. The median age in Adams County is 31 years old and the median income per household is $47,323 with a median income of $52,517 per family. The per capita income for the county is $19,944 and only 6.50% of families and 8.90% of the population were below the poverty level.




There are seven established cities and a growing town of Bennett in Adams County. The cities of Arvada, Aurora, Bennett, Brighton, Northglenn, Thornton and Westminster also lie in adjacent counties. However, Commerce City and Federal Heights are cities located in Adams County.


Currently, the town of Bennett and cities of Henderson, Strasburg, Thornton and Watkins are bustling with new housing growth. The construction of custom and semi-custom homes and modulars with or without acreage offer buyers in Adams County exciting values and outstanding opportunities to own their own home.


If you are considering moving to Adams County and looking to finance a new home, contact Stone Creek Mortgage LLC. We are a mortgage broker who has helped people for over 20 years with mortgages for homes in Adams County. If you are unable to obtain conventional financing on any property in Adams County, Stone Creek Mortgage can find the right real estate financing for you. He has funded loans and finds you the right and fairest solution for your home mortgage loan.




Living in Adams County has more than just homes and businesses. The panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains that you see every day are breathtaking and beautiful. Looking to the west the mountains are always there to view first thing in the morning, throughout the day and awe inspiring sun sets make your evenings more special. Back in the late 60’s and early 70’s the slogan for living in Colorado was ‘Tis a privilege to live in Colorado and still holds true today.


Adams County offers more than homes and businesses. There is a world of exciting and fun activities for your family and friends. Make sure to check out these attractions.


Water World
Located at 88th Ave and Pecos St, Federal Heights, CO; (303) 427-7873, this 60-acre aquatic park complex has chutes, slides and pools for wet summertime fun. Fun activities include large rubber raft ride; super water sled that plunges nearly straight down and then aquaplanes across the pool; or enjoy the Journey to the Center of the Earth ride through cool and mysterious caves.


Water World is open from late May to mid-September 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission is $19.95 for adults and $18.95 for children ages 4-12.ROCKY MOUNTAIN ARSENAL NATIONAL WIDLIFE REFUGE


Located at 72 nd and Quebec Streets, Commerce City, CO (303) 289-0232, this 27-square mile of barren land just east of Commerce City was once the site of a large manufacturer and storage facility of chemical weapons during the Cold War. Because of a major Superfund from the Federal government, this $1 billion cleanup is now over-run with wildlife.


Take a free two-hour bus tour every Saturday morning to see the wildlife inhabitants eagles, hawks, deer, prairie dogs and mules that are now living on this fantastic clean up project.


Riverside Cemetary
Located at 5201 Brighton Blvd, Commerce City, CO (303) 293-2466, Riverside Cemetery is Denver’s oldest cemetery. You can find gravestones’ dating back to the late 1800’s and see the final resting place for many prominent citizens and civil war veterans.


Butterfly Pavilion
Located at 6252 W. 104 th Ave, Westminster, CO, (303) 469-5441. Your kids will love touching and holding butterflies and insects at this center. The center is filled with over 1,200 butterflies in this 7,200 sq. ft. tropical forest and outdoor butterfly garden. Special exhibits allow you to watch the final metamorphosis of butterflies preparing to leave their chrysalides.


Open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., admission is $6.50 for adults and $3.50 for children ages 4 through 12.


Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Enjoy fast and exciting major league soccer with the Colorado Rapids soccer team at Dick’s Sporting Good Park located at 6000 Victory Way, Commerce City, CO 80022, (303) 727 3500. The Rapids were incorporated in 1995 and played their first season in Mile High Stadium in 1996. Once INVESCO Field at Mile High was built in 2002, they played soccer at the stadium through the end of the 2006 season. In February 2007 the Rapids moved into their brand new home of Dick’s Sporting Goods Park and played the club’s first ever match on April 7, 2007. Visit this jewel of the American sports venue to see multiple international events and exciting Major League Soccer.




In addition to many beautiful homes, Adams County, Colorado is home of open spaces and well groomed park systems dotted throughout the county. With over 79 parks hosting many recreational opportunities, enjoying the great outdoors is only minutes away. Adams County Parks are funded by Property Taxes in Adams County.


Adams County Fairgrounds located at 9755 Henderson Road, Brighton, Colorado 80601, (303) 637 8000. Every year the Adams County Fairgrounds hosts heart stomping rodeos and neighborly county fairs. The first Adams County Fair was held in October 1904. It was known back then as “Tomato Day.” A noon barbecue was followed by a tomato contest that was called the “Battle of Brighton.” Two teams lined up and faced each other in front of the grandstand. Each team member was given a box of ripe tomatoes and threw the tomatoes at the opposing team as well as spectators. Some other events at the early fair also included wild bronco riding, half-mile foot races, bicycle and motorcycle races, a mule race, horse races of various sorts and a baby contest. The fair continued to grow and today is the largest county fair in the state.


In 1965, the Adams County Board of Commissioners decided to move the fair to the current site and build new facilities for the fairgrounds. Picnic areas, a golf course, hiking and biking trails, fishing, a Nature Preserver, South Platte Trail, rental facilities, volleyball, outdoor concerts, rodeo arena, indoor arena and restrooms are just some of the exciting facilities now located at the Adams County Fairgrounds.


Barr Lake State Park located in Brighton, Colorado has something for every type of outdoor enthusiast. Just a short drive northeast of the Denver area you’ll find great fishing for catfish, small and large-mouth bass, rainbow trout, walleye, bluegill, wiper and tiger muskies. Enjoy boating, kayaking and canoeing on the lake’s calm waters. Powerboats are limited to electric trolling or gasoline motors 10 horsepower or less.


Bicyclists of all ages and abilities, nature hikers and horseback riders will enjoy the level 8.8-mile multi-use trail that circles the lake, passing by several wildlife-viewing stations and the park’s wildlife refuge. More than 350 species of birds have been spotted in the park. Numerous bald eagles winter at Barr Lake and one pair stays to nest and raise its young every year. Visit Barr Lake’s Nature Center to see the displays about the park’s wildlife.


Steele Street Park
East of York on 78th Avenue
South Platte River and Niver Canal Trail access, picnic.


City View Park
Cleo and City View Street
Play equipment, picnic, grassy play area.


Rotella Park
Coronado Parkway and Nueva Vista Drive
Picnic, barbecue, trails, fishing, playground, restrooms, 11 shelters that may be reserved, volleyball and basketball courts.


Sandhofer Lake
West of Rotella Park off of Downing Street
Open space natural area, wildlife viewing, fishing (not stocked).


Coronado Parkway
York and Coronado Parkway
Picnic and trail access


Twin Lakes Park
70th Avenue West of Broadway
Picnic, play equipment, fishing, barbecue, Clear Creek Trail access, restrooms.


Little Dry Creek Lake 
64th Avenue West of Pecos Street
Open space natural area, Clear Creek Trail, fishing, no parking available.


Lowell Street Trailhead 
55th and Lowell
Clear Creek Trail access, picnic.


Jim Baker Resevoir 
Owned by Westminster, managed by Adams County.
Between Lowell and Tennyson at 63rd Avenue
Fishing and handicapped fishing dock, picnic, restrooms, trail around reservoir, wetlands area.


Siegrist Lake
Hwy 224 (north) and the South Platte River
Open Space natural area, fishing.


Engineer Lake
Hwy 224 (south) and the South Platte River
Open space natural area, fishing, shelter with picnic tables.


Clear Creek Trailhead 
Hwy 224 West of York
Clear Creek Trail access.


South Platte Fishing Lakes Park
104th Ave. west of South Platte River
Fishing, South Platte Trail access, restrooms, no parking access currently.
Enjoy hiking and biking along these trails throughout Adams County Colorado.


South Platte Trail – 9 miles 
South from Denver Greenway North to 104th Avenue.


Little Dry Creek Trail – 1.2 miles 
From Clear Creek Trail at 64th Avenue to Lowell/69th (trail continues under city of Westminster management).


Niver Canal Trail – 2 miles 
From Washington Street East along Coronado parkway to the South Platte River at Steele Street near 78th Avenue.




District 12 Five Star School operates the Adams County schools. The District office is located just seven miles north of downtown Denver. The five stars represent the five unique communities the district serves: Broomfield, Federal Heights, Northglenn, Thornton and Westminster. Other Adams County school districts include Mapleton School District #1, Adams County School District #14, Deer Trail School District #26J, Brighton School District #27J, Adams/Aurora School District #28J, Bennett School District #29J, Strasburg School District #31J, Byers School District #32J, Adams County School District #50, Keenesburg School District RE 3J, Wiggins School District RE 50J.




Adams County Mortgages and Homes Loans.


Colorado Commercial Mortgage


From small town banks to large banking corporations, you’ll find banking convenience throughout Adams County.


Wells Fargo Bank 
2 Garden Ctr,
Broomfield, CO 80020
Tel: 303 465 6740


Wells Fargo Bank
At Westminster Crossing
260 W 136th Ave.
Westminster, CO 80234
Tel: 303 255 4460


Wells Fargo Bank
12040 Colorado Blvd.
Thornton, CO 80241
Tel: 303 457 7605


First Bank of Adams County
750 E. 104 th Ave.
Thornton, CO 80233
Phone: 303 237 5000


First Bank North
10367 Federal Blvd.
Westminster, CO 80260
Phone: 303 464 5000


First Bank of Arvada
6350 Sheridan Blvd.
Arvada, CO 80003
Phone: 303 237 5000


Academy Bank Brighton
Inside Wal-Mart Supercenter
60 W. Bromley Lane
Brighton, CO 80601
Phone: 303 654 8288
Open 7 days per week


Academy Bank Broomfield
Inside a Wal-Mart Supercenter
500 Summit Blvd
Broomfield, CO 80021
Phone: 303 464 0085


Academy Bank Commerce City
Inside a Wal-Mart Supercenter
5990 Dahlia St.
Commerce City, CO 80022
Phone: 303 288 4495
Open 7 days per week




Deciding to move to Adams County, Colorado is a big decision. Most people move to Colorado to mix business with pleasure. You can enjoy outdoor fun year round and still make a good living.


Adams County has over 34 business parks ranging from 100 to 6,300 acres. The Corporate Express expansion into Northglenn created 500 new jobs averaging $50,000 per year. The Aviation Technology Group (ATC) moved their manufacturing jobs into the Front Range Airport to build the new Javelin jet. Then there is Denver International Airport, St. Anthony’s North Hospital Centura Health, Fitzsimons Life Sciences and the E-470 toll road that employs people with different job skills. United Parcel Service, Avaya Communications and EchoStar Communications are all top employers in Adams County.




Adams County Sheriff’s Department 
332 N 19th Avenue
Brighton , Colorado 80601
Phone: (303)654-1850
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Broomfield Police Department 
Seven Descombes Dr


Broomfield , Colorado 80038
Phone: 303 438 6440
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Commerce City Police Department 
5291 East 60th Avenue
Commerce City , Colorado 80022
Phone: 303 289 3653
Web site:


Westminster Public Safety Center
9110 Yates St.
Westminster, Colorado 80031
Phone: 303 430 2400
Web site:


Brighton Police Department 
3401 East Bromley Lane
Brighton, Colorado 80601
Phone: 303 655 2300
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Xcel Energy
24-hour Electric and Gas Emergency Contacts:
Electric Emergency/Power Outage 
Gas Emergency/Gas Odor 


Denver Water 
1600 W.12 th Ave.
Denver, Colorado 80204
Phone: 303 628 6000
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Adams County Public Works Department 
Public Works Building
4955 East 74th Avenue
Commerce City, Colorado 80022
Phone: 303 853 7100
Web site:




Bennett Fire Rescue 
825 Sharis Ct
Bennett, CO 80102


Greater Brighton Fire Protection District 
425 S Main St
Brighton, CO 80601-3036


South Adams County Fire District 
6550 E 72nd Avenue
Commerce City, CO 80022-2006


Thornton Fire Department 
9351 Grant St Ste 275
Thornton, CO 80229


Rocky Mountain Arsenal 
72nd & Quebec St
Commerce City, CO 80022-1748


Westminster Fire Department 
9110 Yates St
Westminster, CO 80031


North Metro Fire Rescue District 
10550 Huron St
Northglenn, CO 80234




For the latest fashions with great prices, the shopping malls throughout Adams County, Colorado are the best. One of the most famous malls is the Marketplace at Northglenn located at 104th Avenue and I-25, formally known as Northglenn Mall. It now houses a new, open-air venue with close to 50 retail stores.


The Westminster City Center is the home of Westminster Mall, located near U.S. 36 and Sheridan Boulevard. This mall has one of Colorado’s largest concentration of retail stores with more than 300 stores, including a number of large department stores, covering over 4 million square feet of retail space.


If you enjoy a leisurely outdoor pedestrian village type of mall then you’ll enjoy the Westminster Promenade. This outdoor pedestrian village has variety of restaurants and cafes, a movie theatre, unique sculptures, hotel and convention facilities, performance areas, interactive water features, walking trails, a three-rink ice arena and a world-renowned insect zoo.


Some of the other exciting malls you can visit include Parkway Market Center located at 6025 – 6075 East Parkway Drive, Commerce City, Colorado and Thornton Town Center Mall located at I-25 & 104th St., Thornton Colorado. Whatever your shopping needs are you can find it all in the great shopping malls in Adams County, Colorado.


Adams County consists of the following cities in our service area:
Commerce City
Federal Heights