Littleton, Colorado, in Arapahoe county, is 7 miles SE of Lakewood, Colorado and 8 miles S of Denver, Colorado. The city is considered part of the Denver metropolitan area. Littleton has a population of 40,340.
Prehistoric men once inhabited this area. Their settlements date back to about 7,000 B.C. A prehistoric site of early hunters was discovered at Lamb Springs, two miles southwest of Littleton, by Charles Lamb in 1960. The Spanish military expedition of Pedro de Villasur to this area took place in 1720. From 1770 to 1800, Arapaho and Cheyenne tribes of Native Americans migrated to this region. Fur trappers and traders frequented the area in the early and mid 19th century. The community was named after one of the early settlers, Richard Sullivan Little. The local economy shifted from agriculture to manufacturing during World War II. Plants grown here were used for the production of pneumatics, munitions and aerospace products.
Nearby attractions include:
- Littleton Historical Museum
- Alpha Omega Amusements
- Broadway Estates Shopping Center
- Chatfield Golf Course
- Centennial Racetrack
- Brookridge Park
For those interested in the regional history and culture, a visit to the Littleton Historical Museum may prove interesting. The city of Littleton also offers a range of recreational facilities, including a race track and a golf course. In addition, the city hosts the Colorado Irish Festival and the Denver Art Affair every July.
Opportunities for higher education are provided by the Arapahoe Community College. One can also enroll at the Emily Griffith Opportunity School or the Red Rocks Community College.