Arvada Tavern

Address: 5707 Olde Wadsworth Blvd.

This building was originally a blacksmith shop built by J.E. Borba in 1910. The shop continued to be used by blacksmiths, Morgan, Hodgson, Chinn, and Scott. In 1933, Adrian and Bernice Klein made the transition from a blacksmith shop to the Dutch Inn. On the existing dirt floor, nail kegs with board seats were installed beside wooden plank tables supported by sawhorses. After the beer ordinance was approved, the Town Board issued the first beer license to the Kleins, but beer did not arrive in time for the Arvada Harvest Festival. All was not lost, Klein borrowed beer from Solomons in Denver, and operated the Inn until 1941. Although it has changed hands and had various names, it was in business for over 50 years as The Arvada Tavern.
Quad Map/Date: Arvada 1965 (1980)
Sec/Town/Range: S11, T3S, R69W
Elevation: 5337
Source: "Arvada, Just Between You and Me," pp. 48, 84, 96, 146; Sanborn Map Co. Arvada, 1917.
Last Modified: Mon, December 3 2012

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