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Located in Jefferson and Adams counties, the city of Arvada, Colorado began as Ralston's Point, a gold mining community along Ralston's Creek and Clear Creek. The railroad came through in 1870, and a townsite was platted, after which its name was changed to Arvada, to avoid confusion with other communities along the creek. Arvada was incorporated as a town in 1904 and a city in 1951. The Olde Town Arvada historic district is about seven miles northwest of Denver.

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