Arvada Reservoir

Address: Hwy. 93, E. to Ulysses St.; N. at W. 74th Ave., and S. to W. 66th Ave.; a portion S. on Yank St. to W. 64th Ave. to Ulysses.

Asahel Haines, of Ohio, traveled to Ralston Creek, preempted 159 acres, built an irrigation ditch in 1861 and a log cabin in 1864, proved up his property and paid $198.25. He received his U.S. Land Patent on July 20, 1866. A second story was added as the family enlarged. Montie Blunn purchased this property in 1946, built a house and kept the cabin for his sons. When the City of Arvada optioned for 600 acres as a site for a reservoir, the Arvada Historical Society realized the cabin would be under water, and encouraged the City of Arvada to preserve it. By August 16, 1978 the cabin was successfully moved to the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. It was dismantled, log by log and reconstructed in the museum area where it exists today. Although the reservoir is known today as the Arvada Reservoir, it is known locally as Blunn Reservoir for Mintie Blunn who had owned the property.
Quad Map/Date: Golden, 1965 (1980)
Sec/Town/Range: S3 & 2, T3S, R70W; S34 & 35, T2S, R70W
Elevation: 5750-5715
Source: Land Office at Denver City, Nov. 29, 1964, Preemption grant No. 144 to Asahel Haines for 160 acres of land. Haines Ditch Water priorities in District No. 7; Land Patent from U.S. government, July 20, 1866; "Denver Post" Zone 3, Aug. 1978. 'Historic Haines cabin is moved to new home at Arvada Center' 6901 Wadsworth.
Last Modified: Mon, December 3 2012

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