Littleton was my home for several years and has an excellent ranking for livability, and school/academic achievement. It is partially in Jefferson County and is the county seat of Arapahoe County, Colorado. The city is a part of the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city population was 41,737 at the 2010 United States Census, ranking as the 20th most populous municipality in the State of Colorado. In addition, Littleton has wonderful communities such as Grant Ranch, Ken Caryl Ranch and Valley, plus many more. The shopping in Olde Town Littleton is fantastic with terrific restaurants as well. The Southwest Plaza Mall also provides the latest in fashions and department store shopping.
The city of Littleton’s history dates back to the 1859 Pike’s Peak Gold Rush, which brought not only gold seekers, but merchants and farmers to the community. Richard Sullivan Little was an engineer from New Hampshire who made his way out West to work on irrigation systems. Little soon decided to settle in the area at present day Littleton and brought his wife Angeline out from the East in 1862. The Littles, along with many neighbors, built the Rough and Ready Flour Mill in 1867, which provided a solid economic base in the community. By 1890, the community had grown to 245 people and the residents voted to incorporate the Town of Littleton.
Littleton grew significantly during the Space Race years of approximately 1958 through 1969 due to its proximity to Martin Marietta facilities which produced the Titan rocket. Other major employers are Lockheed Martin, Arapahoe Community College, with points of interest including Hudson Gardens, Chatfield Reservoir, Roxborough State Park and much more.
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