Gold discovered in the South Platte River Valley in 1858 brought national attention to the area that would become Westminster, Colorado. The promise of fortune and The Homestead Act of 1862 encouraged many pioneers from the east to settle in Colorado rather than continue on to California.[9] Before the settlements came, wildlife like antelope and buffalo made their homes in the area. There is also evidence of Arapaho Indians near the Crown Point (Gregory Hill) area.[10] Westminsters' first permanent settler was Kentucky farmer Pleasant DeSpain, who built his home in 1870 on 160 acres (near what is now West 76th Avenue and Lowell Street).[11] The area became known as DeSpain Junction and attracted other settlers including Edward Bruce Bowles, who in 1881 constructed a brick Italianate house now known as the Bowles House. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. 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.[9] 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 it into smaller tracts of land, which he sold to fruit farmers. Harris renamed DeSpain Junction with his own and the area was referred to as Harris, Colorado.[9] In 1890, New Yorker Henry T. Mayham 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. The curriculum was patterned after Princeton University and was referred to as the "Princeton of the West". The school was incorporated as Westminster University of Colorado, and classes began in 1908 with one year's tuition costing $50 ($1,411 in 2018).[12] The school ceased operating in 1917, when all students in attendance left to fight in World War I.[13] In the following decade it operated 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. Fun things to do in Westminster
After the first permanent white settler, Pleasant DeSpain, 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 began attracting other settlers including horse breeder Edward Bruce Bowles who was instrumental in constructing the town's train depot in 1881. In 1885, Connecticut real estate developer C.J.Harris arrived in DeSpain Junction and began buying up land. Soon the town was renamed Harris, but was also known as Darell Park. Fun things to do in Westminster

Downtown Westminster is a 105-acre site almost equidistant between downtown Denver and Boulder.[25] The new downtown will feature 18 acres of parks and public space. It integrates Smart City functionality to reduce consumption of water and energy and will have smart streetlights, parking garages, and meters.[29] Development began with the completion of over 300 housing units, including 118 affordable housing units.[30][31] Downtown Westminster features a now open Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and a 125-room boutique hotel, the Origin Hotel, scheduled to open in early 2020. The Origin Hotel will offer corner suites overlooking Downtown Westminster, a fully equipped fitness center, an independent restaurant concept and 3,000 square feet of meeting space.[31] Things to do in Westminster
As of the census[17] of 2000, there were 100,940 people, 38,343 households, and 26,034 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,203.9 people per square mile (1,236.9/km²). There were 39,318 housing units at an average density of 1,248.0 per square mile (481.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 84.19% White, 1.23% African American, 0.74% Native American, 5.48% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 5.52% from other races, and 2.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.23% of the population. Fun things to do in Westminster
The Westminster area formed part of the City and Liberty of Westminster in Middlesex. The ancient parish was St Margaret; after 1727 this became the civil parish of 'St Margaret and St John', the latter a new church required for the increasing population. The area around Westminster Abbey formed the extra-parochial Close of the Collegiate Church of St Peter surrounded by — but not part of — either parish.[clarification needed][surrounded by both parishes?] Until 1900 the local authority was the combined vestry of St Margaret and St John (also known as the Westminster District Board of Works from 1855 to 1887), which was based at Westminster City Hall in Caxton Street from 1883. Things to do in Westminster
Vectra Bank Colorado, National Association: Westminster Branch at 3300 West 72nd Avenue, branch established on 1970/02/09; Park Centre Branch at 1955 West 120th Avenue, branch established on 2007/07/30. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $2,356.9 mil, Deposits: $2,003.6 mil, headquarters in Farmington, NM, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 39 total offices, Holding Company: Zions Bancorporation Fun things to do in Westminster
As of the census[17] of 2000, there were 100,940 people, 38,343 households, and 26,034 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,203.9 people per square mile (1,236.9/km²). There were 39,318 housing units at an average density of 1,248.0 per square mile (481.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 84.19% White, 1.23% African American, 0.74% Native American, 5.48% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 5.52% from other races, and 2.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.23% of the population. Fun things to do in Westminster
The name Westminster (Old English: Westmynstre)[2] originated from the informal description of the abbey church and royal peculiar of St Peter's (Westminster Abbey), literally West of the City of London (indeed, until the Reformation there was a reference to the 'East Minster' at Minories (Holy Trinity Priory, Aldgate) east of the City). The abbey was part of the royal palace that had been created here by Edward the Confessor. It has been the home of the permanent institutions of England's government continuously since about 1200 (High Middle Ages' Plantagenet times), and from 1707 the British Government. Things to do Westminster
In a government context, Westminster often refers to the Parliament of the United Kingdom, located in the UNESCO World Heritage Palace of Westminster — also known as the Houses of Parliament. The area is the centre of Her Majesty's Government, with Parliament in the Palace of Westminster and most of the major Government ministries known as Whitehall, itself the site of the royal palace that replaced that at Westminster. Fun things to do in Westminster

U.S. News recognized Westminster College as one of the best colleges in the U.S. for veterans, as a best college in the West and a best value school for 2020. Westminster ranked higher than last year in each category. The U.S. News rankings are the latest in many accolades for Westminster. The college was recently named among the top colleges in the nation by the Wall Street Journal and Princeton Review—citing student connections to faculty, well-rounded learning experiences and rigorous academics. Things to do in Westminster
The name describes an area no more than 1 mile (1.6 km) from Westminster Abbey and the Palace of Westminster immediately to the west of the River Thames.[3] The settlement grew up around the palace and abbey, as a service area for them. The need for a parish church, St Margaret's Westminster for the servants of the palace and of the abbey who could not worship there indicates that it had a population as large as that of a small village. It became larger and in the Georgian period became connected through urban ribbon development with the City along the Strand. It did not become a viable local government unit created as a civil parish. Fun things to do in Westminster
The name Westminster (Old English: Westmynstre)[2] originated from the informal description of the abbey church and royal peculiar of St Peter's (Westminster Abbey), literally West of the City of London (indeed, until the Reformation there was a reference to the 'East Minster' at Minories (Holy Trinity Priory, Aldgate) east of the City). The abbey was part of the royal palace that had been created here by Edward the Confessor. It has been the home of the permanent institutions of England's government continuously since about 1200 (High Middle Ages' Plantagenet times), and from 1707 the British Government. Things to do in Westminster CO

Compass Bank: Westminister Branch at 7347 Federal Boulevard, branch established on 1999/04/15; 92nd/Sheridan Branch at 9191 Sheridan Boulevard, branch established on 1996/10/01. Info updated 2011/02/24: Bank assets: $63,107.0 mil, Deposits: $46,232.4 mil, headquarters in Birmingham, AL, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 720 total offices, Holding Company: Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. Fun things to do in Westminster
Vectra Bank Colorado, National Association: Westminster Branch at 3300 West 72nd Avenue, branch established on 1970/02/09; Park Centre Branch at 1955 West 120th Avenue, branch established on 2007/07/30. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $2,356.9 mil, Deposits: $2,003.6 mil, headquarters in Farmington, NM, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 39 total offices, Holding Company: Zions Bancorporation Things to do in Westminster CO
The Liberty of Westminster, governed by the Westminster Court of Burgesses, also included St Martin in the Fields and several other parishes and places. Westminster had its own quarter sessions, but the Middlesex sessions also had jurisdiction. The area was transferred from Middlesex to the County of London in 1889, and the local government of Westminster was reformed in 1900, when the court of burgesses and the parish vestries were abolished, and replaced by a metropolitan borough council. The borough was given[when?] city status, allowing it to be known as the City of Westminster and its council as Westminster City Council— a title which was retained when it was merged with the boroughs of St Marylebone and Paddington in the 1960s. Things to do in Westminster
Thus "Westminster", with its focus in public life from early history, is casually used as a metonym for Parliament and the political community of the United Kingdom generally. (The civil service is similarly referred to by the northern sub-neighbourhood it inhabits, "Whitehall".) "Westminster" is consequently also used in reference to the Westminster system, the parliamentary model of democratic government that has evolved in the United Kingdom and for those other nations, particularly in the Commonwealth of Nations and other parts of the former British Empire that adopted it. Fun things to do in Westminster
Westminster is a Home Rule Municipality in Adams and Jefferson counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. Westminster is a northwest suburb of Denver. The Westminster Municipal Center is located 9 miles (14 km) north-northwest of the Colorado State Capitol. As of the 2010 census the population of Westminster was 106,114,[7] and as of 2018 the estimated population was 113,479.[5] Westminster is the seventh most populous city in Colorado and the 237th most populous city in the United States. Westminster is a part of the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Denver-Aurora-Boulder Combined Statistical Area. In July 2006, it was ranked as the 24th best place to live in the US by Money magazine.[8] Things to do in Westminster
For the next several Sundays during the Adult Education hour, we’ll explore What the Easter Story Means for Creating Community with Dr. Matthew Skinner. Using the stories told in the Gospels, these presentations will explore what the resurrection of Jesus can teach us about community, belonging, and discovering Christ in our midst. Livestreamed at 9:15 am. Fun things to do in Westminster
What's most visible in Westminster, however, is a sea of new shopping districts — particularly in the new developing downtown area. Visitors will find conveniences ranging from popular chain stores to family-style restaurants located immediately off of U.S. 36. In addition, the Westminster Promenade, an outdoor pedestrian village, contains restaurants and cafes, a movie theater, sculptures, hotel facilities, performance areas, interactive water features, walking trails and a three-rink ice arena.  Things to do in Westminster
Compass Bank: Westminister Branch at 7347 Federal Boulevard, branch established on 1999/04/15; 92nd/Sheridan Branch at 9191 Sheridan Boulevard, branch established on 1996/10/01. Info updated 2011/02/24: Bank assets: $63,107.0 mil, Deposits: $46,232.4 mil, headquarters in Birmingham, AL, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 720 total offices, Holding Company: Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. Things to do Westminster

Notable locations in Westminster: The Plaza at Westminster (A), The Golf Courses at Hyland Hills (B), Hyland Hills Municipal Golf Course (C), The Ranch Country Club (D), The Heritage At Westmoor Golf Course (E), Westminster Sports Center (F), Legacy Ridge Golf Course (G), Westminster Fire Department Station 1 (H), Westminster Municipal Court (I), Westminster Fire Department Station 2 (J), Westminster Fire Department Station 4 (K), Flight for Life Colorado Westminster (L), Westminster Public Library Irving Street Branch (M), Children's Hospital Colorado Therapy Care Westminster (N), Countryside Recreation Center (O), City Park Recreation Center (P), Westminster Police Department (Q), Arabian Horse Center (R), Slapshot Hockey Center (S), The Colorado Educational Theatre (T). Display/hide their locations on the map Things to do in Westminster

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