Arapahoe County of Colorado
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Arapahoe County, Colorado is the state’s first county with one of the largest population of more than 543,000 people. Arapahoe County was named after the Arapaho Indians, one of the many plains Indians living in the territory. The word “Arapaho” means “tattooed on the chest” which was a practice of the Arapahoe Indians. Arapahoe County’s rich heritage includes Indians, trappers, gold prospectors, buffalo hunters, cattle ranchers, and famous people.
In the earlier days, Arapahoe County’s boundaries stretched east of the foothills into western Kansas and were almost half of the entire area of Colorado to the Kansas territory. In 1861, when Kansas was made a state, Colorado was made a territory with Arapahoe County as one of the 17 original counties.
Back in the mid-1800s, trappers, gold miners, farmers, sheep ranchers, buffalo hunters and cattle ranchers made up the population of Arapahoe County. In fact, in 1848 gold was discovered in Dry Creek that flowed into the Platte River. More gold was found down river in Cherry Creek and later a camp was set up called Denver.
Famous people walked the lands of Arapahoe County. Bat Masterson called Denver his home from the late 1800s to about 1902. He served as an Arapahoe County Deputy Sheriff. His longest time served was from Dec. 5, 1896 to Aug. 25, 1897. Arapahoe County records show that he also served sporadically at other times, being sworn in as a special deputy.
In May 1882, two Arapahoe County Deputy Sheriffs arrested the infamous Doc Holliday in downtown Denver. Holliday was arrested for murdering a man in Utah named Harry White. The deputies acted on information supplied by Perry Mallen who claimed to be a deputy sheriff from California. All claims by Mallen later proved to be false. Doc Holliday soon moved to Glenwood Springs, Colorado where he later died and was buried. A cemetery marker still stands there today.
The city of Denver was the original County seat until 1902 when the city split off and became a separate county. In 1903, the City of Littleton became the new county seat and is still the county seat today. The County Administration Building is located at 5334 S. Prince Street in Littleton, Colorado.
According to the US Census Bureau, Arapahoe County is 805 square miles, with 803 square miles of land and 2 square miles of water. Arapahoe County measures 72 miles eat to west and 4 to 12 miles south to north.
Of the 534,000 people living in Arapahoe County, 68.078 live in the unincorporated area. According the US Census in 2006 there were 214,423 households. The median age was 34 years old. In 2000, the median household income was $53,570 and the medium family income was $63,875. Arapahoe County has one of the lowest mill levies in the Front Range.
The most populous city in Arapahoe County is Aurora. Other cities in Arapahoe County include, Bennett, Bow Mar, Centennial, Cherry Hills Village, Columbine Valley, Deer Trail, Englewood, Foxfield, Glendale, Greenwood Village, Sheridan and Watkins and we can provide mortgages.
Arapahoe County is a land of contrast. The western part of the County is mostly urban with residential, retail, office and industrial areas, while the eastern portion is relatively rural. Littleton, along with Sheridan, Englewood, Aurora, Foxfield, Glendale, Cherry Hills Village mortgage, Columbine Valley, Deer Trail, Bow Mar, Greenwood Village, Centennial and Bennett make up the 13 incorporated communities of Arapahoe County.
In 2006, there were over 226,000 housing units in Arapahoe County with a 68% ownership rate. The medium price was $171,700 for an owner occupied housing unit. In 2004, 98% of the land in Arapahoe County was urban development while 2% was considered as rural. One of the finest developments in the County is Cherry Creek. This development offers both single-family homes and condominiums starting from under $250,000 and up to $3.5 million. The Anschutz;s units at Cherry Creek is planning to develop high-end luxury condominiums above retail stores priced at $900 per sq. ft. Another fine community is Centennial. While the name of the city is new, the area is remains the older, traditional style homes with large yards and mature trees. From single-family homes to condominiums to town homes, the price ranges are from $100,000 to $800,000
If you are considering moving to Arapahoe County, Colorado and looking to finance a new home, contact Stone Creek Mortgage. We have helped Coloradans for over 14 years buy homes and estates in Arapahoe County. Even if you are unable to obtain conventional financing on a property in Arapahoe County, Stone Creek Mortgage will try to find the right financing for you. We have funded loans within 18 days of the loan application and will find you the right and fairest solution for your home mortgage loan. For a free rate quote and the lowest rates in Denver, Contact Stone Creek Mortgage. Thank you for visiting denverhomelender.com.
TOP 5 ATTRACTIONS
Living in Arapahoe County, Colorado you can enjoy many outdoor activities as well as visit historic sites and museums. Here are some of the top attractions you’ll find in Arapahoe County.
Historic Old Town Littleton
Take a leisurely walking tour of retail stores and businesses along the quaint old downtown area. Located on US 85 ( Santa Fe) and Littleton Blvd intersections. The town lies west of Broadway, north of C470, south of Belleview, and east of the Platte River Valley. During the month of August each year, Old Town Littleton hosts Western Welcome Week. This is an annual community celebration that began in 1928. Western Welcome Week includes over 40 events benefiting dozens of local civic and charitable organizations.
Pirate Cove Family Aquatic Center
1225 W. Belleview Avenue
Englewood, Colorado 80120
Phone: 303 762 2683
Web site: [email protected]
The whole family will enjoy a day filled of sun and swimming adventures at Pirates Cove Family Aquatic Center. The center includes a leisure pool with a large play structure, a 25-meter – 6-lane pool, a 35-foot slide tower with three slides, a lazy river and concessions.
Museum of Outdoor Arts
1000 Englewood Parkway
Englewood, Colorado 80110
Phone: 303 806 0444
Web site: http://www.moaonline.org/
You’ll enjoy visiting the Museum of Outdoor Arts – a museum without walls. This museum showcases collections of outdoor sculptures and art displayed against a background of marvelous architecture, sweeping landscapes and attractive urban environments.
17 Mile House Farm Park
The 17 Mile House Farm Park is located along Parker Road near Highway 83. This historic farm was an important stage stop for travelers along the historic Cherokee Trail. It is only one of three remaining “mile houses” along the Cherokee/Smokey Hill Trail. This was an important route that connected Bent’s Fort and other settlements along the Arkansas River and Palmer Divide to the gold camps and settlements along the Front Range. Visit the 19 th century “mile house”, stage barn, and view the thirty acres of open prairie nearby.
Hudson Gardens & Event Center
6115 South Santa Fe Drive
Littleton, CO 80120
Phone: 303 797 8565
Colonel King C. and Evelyn Leigh Hudson purchased this premier outdoor regional display garden and event in 1951. Located near Santa Fe Drive along the South Platte River, the Gardens reflect the multitude of plants, flowers and trees that thrive in the dry Colorado climate as well as the varies climates from high, dry prairie to wetlands near the river. This thirty-acre garden is arranged in a continuous flow featuring ponds, wildlife, sculpture, a garden railroad, adventure hideaways and spectacular natural displays along a mile-and-a-quarter walking path. You’ll enjoy viewing the distinct beauty of the area and learn how to beautify your own yards.
Arapahoe County Fairgrounds and Regional Park
25690 East Quincy Avenue
Aurora, Colorado 80016
Phone: 303 795 4955
This 236-acre site of the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds and Regional Park houses a 45,000 square-foot events/exhibition center. Each year the County Fair comes to Arapahoe County and enjoys weeklong festivities. Future plans include an indoor arena, outdoor arena and horse barn, office and maintenance facilities. Plans for open space, parks and trails include approximately 110 acres adjacent to the Fairgrounds.
Cherry Creek State Park
Cherry Creek State Park is located north of Arapahoe Road and east of I-225. This 880 surface acre manmade reservoir and park offers a natural prairie environment of gentle, rolling hills and complete outdoor recreation facilities. Bring your sailboats, speedboats or fishing boats and enjoy the clear, crystal blue waters of Cherry Creek. Docks are at the east and west ramps of the lake. Or if you enjoy camping and picnicking and not driving for hours away from town, Cherry Creek State Park is where you want to go. The Park also offers facilities for group events. But there’s more to Cherry Creek than traditional park activities. You can fly your model airplane; have a fun day horseback riding; and enjoy a family shooting range.
Chatfield State Park
Chatfield State Park is southwest of Denver and located south of C-470 and Wadsworth. This manmade reservoir and park offers many outdoor activities. Bring your sailboats, speedboats or fishing boats for a fun day of water sports. Enjoy the scenic views of the neighboring foothills and Platte River valley while hiking or biking along the many trails. You can camp, horseback ride or fly a model airplane at the Park. You may even see hot air balloons lifting off early in the morning. With over 197 campsites all with electrical hookups and many with full water, sewer and electric this quick get-away is perfect. All the campsites are within walking distance to the lake and have picnic tables and grills. The facilities are fantastic with flush toilets, hot showers, laundry, centrally located water, fire rings and a sanitary waste station.
South Suburban Parks and Recreation
The South Suburban Parks and Recreation District offers fun outdoor and indoor activities throughout Arapahoe County. Enjoy activities from well-kept golf courses to miniature golf courses, parks and trails, skate parks, indoor sports field, tennis courts to fun recreational centers.
There are over 128 schools in Arapahoe County from elementary, middle schools, high schools and college, including Columbine High School.
Littleton Public Schools
5776 S. Crocker Street Littleton, CO 80120
Web site: http://www.littletonpublicschools.net/
Cherry Creek School District #5
4700 S. Yosemite St.
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Web site: http://www.ccsd.k12.co.us/
Arapahoe Community College
5900 South Santa Fe Drive
Littleton , Colorado 80160-9002
Phone: 303 797 4222
Web site: http://www.arapahoe.edu/
Englewood Commercial Mortgage and Business Finance of Denver
Wells Fargo- Southglenn
2350 E Arapahoe Rd.
Littleton, CO 80122
Phone: 303 797 4738
5601 S Broadway
Littleton, CO 80121
Phone: 303 730 5422
Wells Fargo Tech Center
7700 E Belleview Ave.
Englewood, CO 80111
Phone: 303 486 3595
Wells Fargo LePeep Highlands Ranch
44 W Centennial Blvd. Unit A
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
Phone: 800 869 3557
5050 E. Arapahoe Rd
Centennial, CO 80122
Phone: 303 237 5000
First Bank Tech Center
4910 S. Yosemite St.
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Phone: 303 237 5000
Firs Bank of Littleton
101 W. County Line Rd.
Littleton, CO 80129
Phone: 303 798 3000
U.S. Bank National Association Southglenn Branch
2401 East Arapahoe Road
Littleton, Colorado 80122
Phone: 303 795 2468
Employment opportunities abound in Arapahoe County. From small businesses to large corporations that include space and technology, aviation, engineering and telecommunications.
Lockheed Martin Corporation www.lockheedmartin.com is the world’s premier advanced technology company with their main plant located at 12257 S. Wadsworth Blvd, Littleton, CO. Lockheed Martin also has a satellite location at 12999 W Deer Creek, Littleton, CO.
Jeppesen Sanderson http://www.jeppesen.com/wlcs/index.jsplocated at 55 Inverness Dr. E., Englewood, CO. The company provides information and technology-based information management tool sets essential to navigation and efficient operations management to air, sea and rail operators around the globe. This company is a subsidiary of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, a unit of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
Dish Network http://www.dishnetwork.com/ located at 5701 S Santa Fe Dr, Littleton and provides Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) television products and services to customers worldwide.
CH2MHill http://www.ch2m.com/corporate/default.asp is located at 6399 S Fiddlers Green Cir # 50, Greenwood Village. This worldwide full service company provides energy management, environmental management, architecture and planning.
Here are some important phone numbers in Arapahoe County:
Arapahoe County Government
5334 S. Prince Street
Littleton, CO 80166
Phone: 303 795 4400
Web site: http://www.co.arapahoe.co.us/
24-hour Electric and Gas Emergency Contacts:
Electric Emergency/Power Outage
Gas Emergency/Gas Odor
Web site: http://www.xcelenergy.com/
Arapahoe County residents use private companies for Trash and Recycling services. The local landfill is privately owned.
The Arapahoe County Water and Wastewater Authority at 303-790-4830 service the cities throughout Arapahoe County. There are more than 163 special improvement Districts also serving Arapahoe County. Your water or other service provider will vary depending upon where you live.
Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office
13101 Broncos Parkway
Centennial, CO 80112
Non-emergency phone number: 303 795 4711
Emergency phone number: 911
Web site: http://www.co.arapahoe.co.us/departments/SH/index.asp
Aurora Fire District
15151 E. Alameda Pkwy
Phone: 303 326 8999
Littleton Fire Protection District
2255 W. Berry Ave.
Phone: 303 795 3800
Web site: http://www.littletongov.org/fire/
Sheridan Fire Department
4101 S. Federal Blvd.
Phone: 303 762 2222
Web site: http://ci.sheridan.co.us/index.aspx?nid=135
South Metro Fire Rescue
9195 E. Mineral Avenue
Web site: http://www.southmetro.org/
For the latest fashions with great prices, the shopping malls throughout Arapahoe County, Colorado are the best.
Aspen Grove Lifestyle Center located at 7301 S Santa Fe Dr, Littleton, CO offers an open-air venue for visiting exciting designer stores and excellent restaurants.
Or if you enjoy the more traditional style mall the Aurora Mallat 1420 E. Alameda Ave., Aurora, and the Buckingham Square Shopping Centerat 1306 S Havana St, Aurora, CO are great places to go. For smaller malls with big stores shop at the Southglenn Mall at 6911 S University Blvd, Centennial and the Woodlawn Shopping Center at 1500 W Littleton Blvd. Littleton, CO.
The following Metro Denver cities are located within Arapahoe County and are serviced by Stone Creek Mortgage.
Cherry Hills Village