I never caught the guy’s name, but a person came into the bar the other night and was telling me about Arvada. He says his family moved here in 1947 and Arvada had a population of only 1700 people (nope, it’s not missing any zeros).
Although he moved away from the area, he still comes back to Arvada about once a year. He has seen every High School and Middle School open, change and close, including the one that apparently used to be where the strip mall is next to Gunther Toodies. He told me that the library is the location of the first King Soopers and that Carr St. used to be the edge of town. Also that farmhouses speckled the country-side between Denver, Arvada, Golden, and Westminster.
I had the chance to ask questions that only a transplant like myself could ask, like “Why is it called Church Ranch Rd?” (I learned that Church is a last name and their ranch was located there) And in exchange for learning some cool history, I even listened intently when he and his friend drummed up fond memories when he played football for the Buffaloes (apparently both offensive, defense, quarterback and running back)
This guy remembers when the Yak and Yeti Brewpub was still a home that was lived in and tells me of what the neighborhood was like. Neat stuff. Here’s to last 60 years in Arvada growing to over 100,000 in population and the next 60. Prost!