Allen, William, Farm

Address: South of Ralston Rd. to W. 58th Ave., and between Nelson and Ward Rd.; north and south of Ralston Rd. between Allison St. and Carr St.

William M. and Miriam C. (Reno) Allen were very prominent pioneers in Arvada. John Reno and W. Allen were among the Fifty-niners who came to Colorado searching for gold. Allen was employed by Green Russell in mining ventures, and later purchased 240 acres of farm land in Jefferson Territory, Arvada. Another large portion of his property was in Olde Town Arvada. He was successful in getting a second sugar beet dump started alongside the Colorado and Southern Railroad tracks on Grandview Avenue, west of Wadsworth By-pass. This was a profitable enterprise from 1917 until the 1940s. The Republicans in his district elected William M. Allen County Commissioner in 1867, a position which he held for six years.
Quad Map/Date: Arvada, 1965 (1980); Golden, 1965 (1980).
Sec/Town/Range: S9, T3S, R69W; S11, T3S, R69W; S8, T3S, R69W.
Elevation: 5500-c. 5335
Source: Arvada Historical Society, "Waters of Gold," p. 13; Arvada Historical Society, "More Than Gold," Willet's 1899 Farm Map; Stone, "History of Colorado," Vol. III, pp. 622-625.
See Also: Allendale Elementary School; Allendale Park; Arvada West High School; Allen Ditch; Allen House.
Last Modified: Tue, October 10 1995

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