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On a lovely, clear day, May 14, 1960, a massive plume of black smoke arose from the center of Arvada - the Metz Lumber Company was ablaze! The smoke could be seen throughout the Denver Metro area and drew huge crowds of onlookers. The Arvada…

Built in 1908 of brick from the Denver Shale & Brick Company (north of Arvada) this structure was a major commercial building housing mainly Arvada's longest operating business, Arvada Pharmacy. The business was known as Rexall and owned by H.A.…

Built in 1898 by A. H. Barth, this building was the town's first two story brick commercial building. It is the only commercial building with its original cast iron front remaining. The first floor was a grocery and hardware store, then just grocery…

Built in 1913 as a livery stable and served as one up until about 1931 when a blacksmith was added. From 1934 to 1948 it served only as a Blacksmith and Arvada Iron Works. Later businesses included Arvada Tire, Battery and Bake and Lincoln Cab.

Built in 1910, used as George Scott Hardware. This was the Telephone office from 1919 to 1952 housing the switchboard equipment and operating staff. It has been a bakery since. 1957.

In 1933 the prohibition enforcement bill was amended to legalize 3.2 beer. This was the site of the Dutch Inn, the first issued beer license was given to Adrian Klein, who opened the Inn. It had the dirt floor from the previous blacksmith business,…

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