Swadley Farm


Address: 8555 W. 57th Ave.

One of the Fifty-niners, George Calvin Swadley obtained 80 acres under the Land Claim Club in 1860. Eventually, he expanded his farm to over 400 acres. He was most successful in planting onions and field corn. After George and Mary Ellen (Pollock) were married on October 4, 1866, he built his third home in 1894. This large, brick home was demolished in 1966 to make way for the Arvada Regional Library. Mr. Swadley was a very successful and influential citizen of Arvada. He was instrumental in the planning and digging of the Swadley and Wadsworth Irrigation Ditch, served as the president of the First National Bank of Arvada from 1904-1906, and he and his wife planned many corn roasts at their home for the Colorado Pioneers.
Quad Map/Date: Arvada, 1950
Sec/Town/Range: S10, T3S, R69W
Elevation: 5358
Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record," p. 861; Interview, Mrs Helen Lippard, granddaughter, 1973; Interview, Mr. Willard Minges, grandson, 1973; "Waters of Gold," 'George Calvin Swadley,' by Marilyn Schroeder, pp. 43-45.
 


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