Wheat Ridge Water District

Address6827 W. 38th Ave. WheatRidge, Colorado 80033
QuadArvada 1965 (1980)
SectionS22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, T3S, R69W
SourceWheat Ridge Water District Archives
Initialdate1996-07-09 00:00:00-06
Latestdate1998-06-11 00:00:00-06
HistoryThe early farmers and gardeners dug their individual wells for domestic use with some using windmills and storage tanks. By the 1920s there were several artisan wells; i.e. 8300 West 38th Avenue, Graul, South 44th west of Wadsworth, Oakes Home, West 32nd Avenue at 8000, and 29th Avenue at Wadsworth. Neighbors banded together and paid their proportionate share of the costs to construct, operate , and maintain the systems. Henry Stewart had a farm just west of Sheridan Boulevard on West 38th Avenue and obtained a water line to his home from the Denver Water Company. In 1923 he assisted in getting that line out to the Wheat Ridge School, 7101 West 38th Avenue, with taps available to other patrons. In 1941 following enabling legislation by the Colorado Legislature, the Wheat Ridge Water District was established and contracted with the Denver Water Board for its water supply. The area served is Sheridan Boulevard to Garrison Street, West 32nd Avenue to Clear Creek, approximately.