In case you missed the story in Saturday’s paper, Littleton is celebrating its 125th birthday this year. With an 1890 population of about 1000 and a current population of over 44,000, Littleton isn’t so little anymore. (Actually, the name comes from founder Richard Little). The city was able to grow thanks to two rail lines that ran through. Littleton is proud of its history, showcasing a historic main street and a terrific museum. The photo at right shows the Littleton Town Hall, designed by famed architect Jacques Benedict in 1920.
In our library you can find a number of helpful resources from the State of Colorado about the history of Littleton, including planning documents from 1958 and 1967, geology information, and Columbine High School reports. Also be sure to check out Leroy Hafen’s 1927 History of Colorado for historical information on Littleton, and Guide to Colorado Historic Places, available for checkout from our library, which explores some of Littleton’s historic buildings. Search keywords “Littleton” and “Arapahoe County” in our library catalog to find more resources.
Several smaller Colorado towns — Windsor, Sheridan, Elizabeth, De Beque, Walden, and Cheyenne Wells — are also celebrating their quasquicentennial this year.