West House

Address: 7000 Indiana St., Arvada, 80002

Leander Ryan West emigrated from Canada to Ralston Creek. Here he purchased 80 acres in 1972. A new house was completed for the family in 1883 at 7000 Indiana Street. Leander planted half of his acreage in apple trees and later served as a Colorado State Senator from 1896-1902. His wife Zipporah became a midwife, and brought many babies into the world. No vital statistics were kept until 1907. When a birth certificate was needed for old age and Social Security benefits, the attending physician, several years after birth, could sign the birth certificate. In later years when Zipporah could no longer sign her name, notaries, Dr. Richard Russell or Dr. E.L. Foster were present to verify the X in place of her signature.
Quad Map/Date: Golden, 1965 (1980)
Sec/Town/Range: S6, T3S, R69W
Elevation: 5508
Source: Interview, Dorothy (West) Fields, Granddaughter, 1975; "The Golden Globe," Jan. 6, 1883; U.S. Census, 1970.
Last Modified: Wed, August 17 1994

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