Located just northwest of Denver, Arvada was started in 1863 when Benjamin Franklin Wadsworth purchased a land claim in 1863 to develop a town of nine square blocks. After the discovery of gold, the town grew as railroad and trolley lines from Denver were built and agriculture thrived. Today, Olde Town Arvada continues to attract attention, due in large part to the charm of the cities turn-of-the-century Main Street with numerous restaurants, bars, breweries, galleries and shops. Another of the city's notable attractions is the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
which offers top-notch theatrical and musical productions, as well as visual art exhibits. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy an extensive trail system that links to Denver’s trails, and thousands of acres of parks and open space. With the light rail and I-70 nearby, Arvada offers easy access to the rest of the state and striking views—both to the east and west. More than a century after Benjamin Wadsworth started his development, Arvada remains a charming and popular place to live.