Westminster, Colorado Homes for Sale
If you’re looking for a house for sale as your new home in the great City of Westminster, Colorado (including with mountain views) or other real estate (including mobile homes in addition to houses), email your new real estate agent Chuck Zaragoza at firstname.lastname@example.org (he’s a realtor who services the entire Denver Metro Area)! And also see below for this quick introduction to your new home of Westminster:
History of Westminster, Colorado
Westminster High Schools: Hidden Lake High School, Mountain Range High School, Westminster High School
According to the City of Westminster website, there is strong evidence that Arapaho Indians maintained a semi-permanent encampment in the vicinity of Gregory Hill. Gold was discovered in the area that would become Westminster, Colorado (the South Platte River Valley) in 1858. The promise of riches encouraged many pioneers from the east to settle in Colorado rather than continue on to California, and the Homestead Act of 1862 encouraged this trend.
Jim Baker was one pioneer who homesteaded in the area as early as 1863, but Westminster’s first permanent settler was a farmer from Kentucky named Pleasant DeSpain, who built his home in 1870 on 160 acres near what is now West 76th Avenue and Lowell Street. The area became known as DeSpain Junction and attracted other settlers like Edward Bruce Bowles, who constructed a brick Italianate house in 1881 which is now known as the Bowles House (in 1988 the Bowles House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places). The village of DeSpain Junction grew into a small farming community and continued to attract new settlers, despite the difficulty of farming in Colorado’s arid climate.
Connecticut real estate developer C.J. Harris arrived in DeSpain Junction in 1885, and purchased the DeSpain farm among others. Harris combined the separate homesteads and divided them into smaller tracts of land that he sold to fruit farmers. Harris renamed DeSpain Junction after himself and the area was thereafter referred to as Harris or Harris Park, Colorado.
In 1890, Henry T. Mayham of New York convinced the Denver Presbytery to build a university on land that he owned in Harris. After delays caused by the Depression of 1893, the school was built from red sandstone quarried in Colorado’s Red Rocks region, and the curriculum was patterned after Princeton University (the new school was referred to as the “Princeton of the West”). The new school was incorporated as Westminster University of Colorado, and classes began in 1908 with a year’s tuition costing $50. Westminster University ceased operating in 1917 when all students left to fight in the First World War. The grounds spent the following decade operating as a church and school.
In 1911, Harris voted to incorporate as a city and changed its name to Westminster, in honor of the university which is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Westminster is now a northern suburb of Denver, and Westminster’s population surpassed 100,000 at the turn of the century.
Westminster City Hall Bell Tower was first conceptualized as a symbolic tie and tribute to Big Ben, the clock tower of Westminster Palace in England. The unveiling of the Bell Tower in 1986 was attended by the then mayor of Westminster, England. Also, an English Oak which is a gift to Westminster, Colorado, from Westminster, England can be seen on the City Hall property today.