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Houses Built Before 1920
Written by Claudia Worth   
Monday, 28 April 2008

The Wheat Ridge Historical Society has been working on a list of houses built before 1920.The project is now finished. Backup information that we have (we do not have further information on all the houses and buildings) is at the museum and at City hall. The last column will let you know if there is further information. Please feel free to contact the Historical Society if you would like to have your house to be a Local Landmark.  The benefits are.  It makes your house more valuable without raising your taxes, and you may be eligible for grants from the Colorado State Gambling Funds. The Historical Society has that information at the museum. Contact us at 303-421-9111 or we are open on Fridays from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  come and visit us.

 The complete list is in the PDF file below click on it and it should open.



Last Updated ( Friday, 20 January 2017 )
Historic Street Names
Written by Claudia Worth   
Friday, 26 July 2013

Centennial Bicentennial Commission Street Name Project by Louise Turner. 1975

Signs bearing the former Historic names of certain streets will be placed on the sign posts with the signs bearing current names at specific locations.  Signs to be made of wood. Letters to be routed out and red. Background to be white and sign to have placed on it the bicentennial symbol. Symbol to be blue or red, white and blue. (These signs are at the museum)

Location                                              Name or Names

 Harlan                                                                   “Idlewild”

 Pierce                                                                   “Henderson

Kipling                                                                   “Howell”

  Youngfield                                                            Mt Olivet Rd” 

 Harlan                                                                    Idlewild”       

               38th                                                                      “Prospect “

             Pierce                                                                     “Henderson”


            44th                                                                  “Jefferson Ave.”


            Parfet  “was Brown”,   “Elsie Place” ran from 44th to 48th near Marshall & Newland.  Miller was  “Lewis Lane,”   Parfet was “Brown’s Lane”,  Robb St. was “Sunnyside”, and Tabor was Lees lane .

Members Tom and Elaine Slattery just gave us a copy of an 1889 Resubdivision Plat.

W. 28th (From Fenton to Chase was known as ) Washingtion St.

W. 27th (From Fenton to Chase was known as ) Richards Avenue

W 26th (From Fenton to Chase was known as ) Highland St.

Fenton was known as Maple St., Depew was Pine Street, and Chas was Elm St. 

 If you know of other historic names let us know.                                                                             

Last Updated ( Friday, 11 April 2014 )
History of Wheat Ridge
Written by Claudia Worth   
Tuesday, 29 July 2008



This is the first chapter of the booklet Printed by the Historical Committee it is copyrighted in 1971.   The Booklet is available for sale at the Museum.


Wheat Ridge Colorado has a unique heritage.  It’s early history actually began with the Gold Rush of 1859. Early in 1858 news reached Omaha, Nebraska and Lawrence, Kansas that gold had been discovered in the foothills of the Rockies on Cherry Creek.  Since the money panic of 1857 had caused severe unemployment and had broken many farmers in the East, the discovery of gold seemed an opportunity to better their condition.       

Thousands of persons came 600 miles over the dangerous plains.  Some traveled by covered wagon or horseback.  Others walked and many pushed handcarts similar to those used by the Mormons a few years before. “Pikes Peak or Bust” became their unforgettable slogan.

This booklet is in it's second printing and is now available at the museum 4610 Robb St. Remember we are open Fri. from 10a.m. until 3p.m. 

We have also printed new sets of Peter Graves sketches in note cards. these are also available at the museum.  Wonderful for that special note to someone.            

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 September 2014 )
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