A Brief History Of Littleton Colorado

A Brief History Of Littleton Colorado

The city of Littleton, Colorado is a Home Rule Municipality within the Arapahoe, Douglas and Jefferson counties and is the county seat of Arapahoe County. Littleton’s current population stands at 14,737 with over 17.313 houses. The city has a lower percentage of houses with children sitting at roughly 28% and the percentage of 25-44 year olds in the community is at 24.2%.


Littleton, Colorado got started in 1859 with the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush. This gold rush brought in prospectors looking to make their fortune. As was usual of the time, merchants and farmers soon followed the prospectors and a developing community was soon born.


Since the area was relatively dry and hard for farmers, in 1862 Richard Sullivan Littleton was brought in to the area to help survey and engineer a system of water ditches to bring water to the local farmers and businesses. Little immediately fell in love with the area and brought in his wife soon after his arrival.


In 1867, along with a handful of colleges, Richard Little started the Rough and Ready Flour Mill which is credited with providing the first real economic stability to the area. Little soon after became a large land owner in the area as well.


Along with the Rough and Ready Flour Mill, in 1871 the Denver and Rio Grand Railroad came to the area and provided another huge economic boost as well as more settlers. This lead to the 1872 filing by the Littles of a plat to the subdivide much of their land into the village of Littleton.


In 1890 245 residents voted to incorporate the town of Littleton.


The cementing of Littleton into a lasting community the Denver area came in 1902 when Arapahoe County was divided and Governor Orman named Littleton the Temporary County Seat. This brought in government employees, businesses and all of their support staffs. This solidified Lilttleton as a community that was not going away.