The first documented discovery of gold in the Rocky Mountain region occurred on June 22, 1850, when Lewis Ralston, a Georgia prospector, was headed for the California gold fields, dipped his sluice pan into a small stream near its mouth at Clear Creek. Ralston found about 1/4 ounce (6 g) of gold, then worth about five dollars. Ralston's companions named the stream Ralston's Creek in his honor.
In 1870, the Colorado Central Railroad laid tracks through the area on its route from Golden to link up with the Kansas Pacific Railroad and the Denver Pacific Railroad at Jersey Junction, 3 miles (5 km) north of Denver.
Arvada grew as a suburb of nearby Denver, the state capital. Arvada became a City on October 31, 1951, and in 1954 the City of Arvada showed a population 7,644. In 2014, the population of Arvada exceeded 113,574.
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*Resources: City of Arvada and the Arvada Historical Society
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